Heat’s On 2018

Madison Area Mechanical & Sheet Metal Contractors Association (MSC) and Steamfitters Local 601 will host the 31st Annual Heat’s On event on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Over 60 area steamfitters will volunteer a day of labor to inspect and service heating systems in qualified veterans’ homes. Trucks and equipment used for the day are donated by local union heating contractors, and replacement parts are donated by area suppliers. Heat’s On is seeking requests for veteran homeowners in Dane County area to receive free furnace maintenance during this year’s event.

“Giving back to the community and helping to protect our veterans who have fought and protected us is an honor and a privilege,” says Paul Christensen, Owner of 1901, Inc., a heating, cooling, and plumbing contractor in Madison. “Heat’s On is one of our favorite days at the office. I’m proud of our team who volunteer their time to make sure our veterans are safe for the upcoming winter.”

Criteria to receive free maintenance:
• Veteran home owner, or surviving spouse
• Dane County Resident
• Gas Furnace

If you are a veteran home owner, or a surviving spouse of a veteran, and are interested in having Heat’s On come check your furnace, contact one of these sponsoring organizations by September 28 to be considered for free furnace maintenance:

• Dane County Veteran Service Office (CVSO), phone: 608-266-4158

• Madison VA Hospital – Patient Education Resource Center, phone: 608-280-2031

Homeowners who do not meet the criteria, but would like to have their heating systems serviced, can contact the MSC office at 608-288-1414 for a union contractor referral.

Heat’s On has been serving Dane County residents since 1987, and have performed maintenance services on over 2,500 furnaces. The purpose of Heat’s On is to reduce the occurrence of residents going without heat or facing other life-threatening emergencies associated with home heating systems.

“Lack of maintenance and dirty filters can shorten the life of a furnace,” says Brad Werlein, President of General Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., a commercial and residential heating and cooling contractor in Madison. “Something this simple can save not only hundreds of dollars in fuel costs, but it can save a life as we experienced during last year’s event.”

Last year, Heat’s On replaced the furnace of a World War II veteran who had been taken to the hospital twice with carbon monoxide poisoning. The leak in the furnace that was causing the poisoning was discovered and fixed by Heat’s On.

About MSC:
MSC is a non-profit contractor association representing union contractors in the heating, piping, air conditioning, and sheet metal industry. Their members are dedicated professionals who provide high-quality, cost efficient products and services with a commitment to safety.

About Steamfitters Local 601:
Steamfitters Local 601 is comprised of approximately 2,400 members, and represents a 14-county area in southeastern Wisconsin. While the majority of membership is comprised of Steamfitters and Refrigeration/Service Fitters, they also represent other classifications such as gas distribution, helpers, and welders. Their members work on a variety of jobsites including residential and commercial heating and cooling systems, breweries, and power plants.

Participating MSC Contractors (Madison):
• 1901, Inc. (formerly H&H Industries), Owner Paul Christensen, phone: 608-273-3434
• All Comfort Services, President Kendall Richards, phone: 608-838-7300
• Commercial Air, Service Manager Tami Schultz, phone: 608-221-8886
• General Heating & Air Conditioning, Labor Manager Mike Polster, phone: 608-271-3900

Participating Supply Houses:
• Design Air, Branch Manager Barb Verbitsky, phone: 608-226-0344
• First Supply, Sales Manager Mark Arrowood, phone: 608-222-7799
• Gustave A. Larson, Store Manager Aaron Demuth, phone: 608-628-0209
• Industrial Control, Owner Mike Stoffel, phone: 608-273-1717
• Johnston Supply, Owner Dan Kunze, phone: 608-223-1499
• Temperature Systems, Sales & Refrigeration, Roy Kempfer, phone: 608-327-2345