FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live)-- No time is a good time for the heat to go out--but especially on days like Wednesday.
"It just got extremely cold and then we checked the thermostat over there, and it said it wasn't warming up," Lucky's server Melanie Bailey said.
Several homeowners and businesses in the Valley battled the day's bitter cold.
"I would say luck, because we have food and beer here," Bailey said. "But unlucky, because it's really cold."
When Bailey clocked in to work Wednesday morning, she headed straight for the thermostat to crank up the heat.
"It's happened before during major blizzards here," she said.
When the inside temperature fell below 70, she didn't waste any time.
"Out calls went up quite a bit today with the weather," Tony Gray with Home Heating, Plumbing & A/C said.
Lucky's was just one of about 100 furnace repairs they had to get to.
"If a place doesn't have heat for an extended period of time, the house starts to freeze up," he said. "Then you can have plumbing problems."
When the heat goes out, experts say, you have a couple of hours.
They suggest getting maintenance on your furnace once a year. And to make sure outside vents are clear of snow and ice to keep things running smoothly.
Luckily, heat was back on at this pub and grub within a matter of minutes.
In the meantime, customers sure didn't seem to mind.