BANGOR – Extreme cold weather, such as what we experience in Maine, could cause frozen pipes and a frozen car battery.
“This time of year, when we have our cold snaps, heating equipment works harder and stuff has a tendency to happen a little more often,” said Dan Oliver, the owner of Oliver’s Heating and Plumbing.
Shawn Downs, the manager at Stratham Tire, said there are ways to try to prevent it.
“Most important is the battery. You want to make sure your battery is up to date,” Downs said.
He also suggested making sure the alternator, which charges the battery, is fully functioning.
Another tip that Downs suggested is to turn your car on a few minutes before you plan to leave somewhere to let it heat up.
“It actually warms the motor,” Downs said. “Helps everything kind of loosen up.”
As for the pipes in your home, Oliver suggests keeping up with the maintenance.
“Just like changing the oil in your car, regular maintenance ensures the equipment is going to work better,” Oliver said.
Oliver recommended turning your thermostat up to a comfortable temperature.
“And leave them up. Don’t turn them down in the evening,” Oliver said. “When they cycle back down it takes a while for that thermostat to call and that cold gets a chance to creep in.”
According to Oliver, if your furnace is running, odds are they’re not going to freeze.
Leaving cabinet doors open will additionally allow warm air to reach the pipes.
Staying ahead on maintenance checks is a big way, both Oliver and Downs agree, to prevent freezing.