3:30 p.m., Dec. 26)
surge leaves many Springridge residents scrambling to stay warm
By Fred Sherwin
of residents in the Orléans community of Springridge have been
unable to operate their furnaces for the past three days after a power
surge caused the motors that run the furnaces' exhaust systems to
of the problem can be traced back to an unscheduled power outage that
affected 1,700 homes east of Tenth Line Road late Monday night. When
the power came back on it caused a surge that fried the electronics
in the furnace motors.
it's impossible to find out exactly how many homes in the area were
effected, enough furnace motors were blown to cause a run on replacement
parts. By late Tuesday afternoon, every heating and cooling parts
vendor in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec were sold out, leaving
some people having to suffer until this coming Monday when a new ship.m.ent
of motors is expected to arrive from the distributors.
cold comfort for people like Alfred Mignott who went out and bought
seven electric space heaters to try and make his home livable until
he can get his hands on a new motor.
anyone can tell most of the homes effected were built by Braebury
and the furnaces area all Amanas.
and her husband have been making do with their gas fireplace and a
couple of space heaters loaned to them by Achor Climate Care. They
managed to get their motor replaced only to find out that the furnace's
mother board had been fried as well.
wearing an extra pair of socks and we threw a couple of sleeping bags
on the bed. Luckily it hasn't been such that it hasn't been unbearable,"
Nimhey and Matthew Sybulski were among the lucky few who managed to
get a replacement motor before they were sold out. The contractor
Sybulski called managed to track down a new motor in North Gower and
drove all the way there and back in the frreezing rain to get it.
was awesome," says Sybulski.
adding insult to the hastle of trying to replace the furnace motors
is the confusion of who if anybody is on the hook for the cost to
replace the motors which is about $500 per furnace. Most warranties
do not cover the cost of damage caused by a power surge, nor do most
household insurance plans and Hydro One is saying that it is not their
is hoping the Cardinal Creek Community Association will help put together
a list of all the people whose furnaces have damaged by the power
surge so they can approach Hydro One for restitution.
called Hydro One and the girl told me that there wasn't anything they
could do about it. Well that's not good enough. Our fridge got fired
in the last power surge a couple of weeks ago and it cost us $350.
Now our furnace is likely going to cost us $750. Somebody's going
to pay for it," says Morris.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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