The Steamfitters and Plumbers Local 464 will conduct free furnace and safety checks on Saturday for individuals and families in need throughout the Omaha metro area. Business Manager Mark Ondracek says, “Our contractors donate their vans and the guys that drive the vans volunteer their time. They are all members. They are all journeymen and some are apprentices. Our contractor organization has a student chapter and some of those members come along and ride with our members in the vans to do all this checking.”
Ondracek says they check to make sure the heat exchanger isn’t cracked. They make sure that everything is lubricated and they change the filter. They also change the battery in the smoke detector. They just want to make sure everything is good to go for winter. He says this is a great learning experience for the apprentices to be around people. He says the individuals and families they will visit don’t have the means to get this done on their own.
This is the 29th year for the annual “Heat’s On” furnace and smoke detector check.