Flood victims need to check heating units with cold weather approaching

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LONGMONT, Colo. -- Victims recovering from September's historic Colorado flood could be about to face another disaster: cold weather and failing heating units.

The threat of cold weather on Friday, the first chance of snow in the metro area this season, has some heating repair companies warning flood victims to prepare for more problems if they choose not to repair their damaged HVAC units ahead of the winter months.

"The big worry is now the internal equipment isn't really designed to be exposed high humidity levels," said David Hall, general manager of Service Experts Heating and Air in Longmont.

The problem experts believe is that some flood victims may not realize their unit is damaged without getting a proper inspection. Costs to repair broken units can vary widely but most agree it's cheaper and smarter to repair now before the unit stops working altogether.

"I think what we're going to have is have some people who have failures later on in the winter when it'll be colder and more difficult to replace," added Hall.

To ensure proper repair experts suggest getting multiple price quotes and asking neighbors for their own opinions about a service company.

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