Heating specialists become heroes in such cold

Jake Gearhart is one of those life savers that shows up when your heat gives up.
Jake Gearhart is one of those life savers that shows up when your heat gives up.
By Justin Michaels - email

(WTOL) - These sub-zero temperatures aren't just dangerous for you. They can also cause big problems for your home.

The phones don't stop ringing at Gearhart Plumbing in Bowling Green.

With each of the calls comes a work order. Jake Gearhart is one of those life savers that shows up when your heat gives up. "They're happy to see you, and they want their furnace fixed so they're not going to mess with you usually."

Jake's an HVAC specialist, so he can fix just about anything cold temperatures bring. "With the snowfall like this, you get snow on the intake. You don't have to do much but take the snow out of the intake pipe and it's running fine."

Jake says most jobs aren't this easy when temperatures hit single digits.

"You've got to worry about peoples waterlines. If it's under 35 degrees. You want to get their heat back on the same day as opposed to when it's 50 when you can wait a day and give them some electric heaters."

When the mercury drops, heaters kick on. When the mercury stays as low as it has, Jake says many heaters can't deal with the prolonged use. "It's just a lot more of run time when it's cold out than when it's not so cold out. You get more things breaking down than when it's 40 or 50 degrees out."

It's on to another job for Jake. Just another day in the life.... "Yeah, you're usually peoples hero... they want to be warm," he says.