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Valley residents cranking up heaters for first time

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Valley temperatures hit the freezing mark over the weekend, and the cold snap won't be going away anytime soon.

Marcy Godin moved from Connecticut to Las Vegas because she hates the cold. She survives the winter months with the aid of several heaters, but they aren't working.

"This is uncomfortable," said Godin. "Just aggravating because (for) five minutes it worked and now it doesn't. The heat was running, but all it was doing was running cold air. It was so cold I finally shut it down because it was making me colder than I already was."

With falling temperatures, Silver State Refrigeration said they are getting close to 30 calls a day from folks who are turning their heaters on for the first time.

"We've been dealing with cracked heat exchangers and rusted out heat exchangers - just worn out parts that don't allow the machine to run," said Nick Lopata with Silver State Refrigeration.

In Godin's case, Lopata suspects worn out parts are to blame because most heaters last about 15 years. Lopata suggests that to avoid problems, homeowners should get their heaters checked ahead of time and change filters. Also, to save cash lower the temperature when you leave your home and then bump it back up when you return.

Godin plans to take that advice. In the meantime, she's staying close to her space heater and coffee maker.

"I don't know what I would have to do if I had to stay here with no heat," said Godin.

Silver State Refrigeration said when homeowners turn on their heaters for the first time, an odor will be noticeable. It's usually dust burning off. If it makes noises, that's when there may be a problem.

If you have furnace or gas appliances, you should consider buying a carbon monoxide detector. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, carbon monoxide kills more than 500 people every year.

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