Cold weather arrival good for heating business

By Carlie Kollath Wells/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Calls spiked Monday to heating repair companies in Tupelo as cold weather moved into the region.
“We had at least three times as many” requests compared with last Monday, said Sharon Sheffield, who schedules appointments for M&M Heating and Cooling. “We were still getting air conditioning calls last week.”
People always wait until the last minute to test their heating units, she said.
“It happens the same way every year,” Sheffield said. “It’ll gradually level off as people get over the initial shock of this weather.”
Bob Wiley, president of Comfort Engineering on North Gloster, reported the same bump.
“Of course Friday we were twiddling our thumbs,” he said.
But the temperatures started changing Friday as a cold front moved in. Temperatures dropped into the 40s in Tupelo, and many homeowners turned on their central heat for the first time this season.
“They turned it on for the first time, and it won’t come on,” said Ann Allred, president and owner of Allred Heating and Air Conditioning.
‘Mostly simple stuff’
She said employees spent Monday fixing “mostly simple stuff,” such as gas pressure problems or issues with automatic ignitions.
“We’ve had 50 or more calls,” she said. “It’s sort of like the heat in the summer.”
Wiley said most of the calls now are from residential customers who found the problems over the weekend. He suspects he’ll have more commercial calls later this week as offices find problems with their units.
And while business was up Monday, Wiley said he still is busier in the summer than in the winter.
“A lot of people can live with the cold, but they hate living with the heat,” he said.
carlie.wells@journalinc.com