A new issue affecting thousands of homes is causing central heating to be shut off in several major US cities.
Sophos and HVAC contractor Enermax have announced that all central heating systems in the United States will be shut down on Wednesday due to a heat wave and “excessive demand”.
The issue is called central heating overload and affects around 50,000 homes in the Midwest, Northeast and the West, according to EnerMAX.
Samples of the heat wave were taken from November 17 to November 26, according EnerMax.
Snyder said the company has received reports of a large number of central heating units that have been unable to start or have been turned off for days.
He said more than 1,000 units were affected in Oklahoma City, where temperatures were forecast to reach 100 degrees.
Sierra Nevada, a company that installs and operates central heating for homes in California, is also experiencing a similar problem, according a statement from the company.
“We have received a number of reports of overheating in our systems, and have shut down all our central heating in California,” Sierra Nevada said.
Shelby County, Kentucky, has also reported an increase in complaints of overheated central heating.
The county has been dealing with an increase of more than 600 complaints of central heat in the last few days, according the Associated Press.
A Sierra Nevada representative said the issue is not related to the company’s heating systems and has been “isolated”.
“Our central heating facilities are fully operational and we have been doing our best to protect our customers,” the spokesperson said.
“While we have had issues with our central cooling systems, this has been isolated to a specific location in our facility and has not impacted other facilities.”
Sophomos is working with the US Department of Energy to figure out how to address the issue, a spokesperson told the Associated Media.
Solutions include installing additional heat-absorbing tiles and upgrading to more efficient units, but the company said it is “confident” the issues will be resolved by the end of the week.