You’re in the middle of the most frigid week of winter and you wake up shivering in a pile of blankets in bed. Your first thought is, “Why in the world has my furnace not kicked on?” Of course, you don’t want to leave yourself in a predicament like this where it feels like you’re doomed to suffer until morning to arrange furnace repair, but there are a couple things you can inspect, as well as a couple things you can do, to stay ahead of the game and prep for a scenario like this.
Before You Experience Problems:
- Furnace service. Cold nights and furnace repair can’t always be avoided, but having annual furnace service completed can help you have a better chance at averting a chilly situation.
- Compile supplies. Set aside some room in a closet, drawer or another handy area for blankets, a space heater, gloves, hats and any number of other accessories to keep you warmed up while your furnace isn’t running. It could seem inconvenient or unnecessary now, but it will be nice when you need it most.
After You Suspect Your Furnace Quit Running:
- Check the circuit breaker. There’s a chance that the breaker to your furnace could have been tripped by a power surge or for another reason. If this occurs, flip the breaker back on and you could be set. If the breaker is tripped and you have turned it back on but your furnace still isn’t running, give us a call to schedule an appointment for furnace repair.
- Add layers and get cozy. That load of supplies we recommended above will come in handy here. Layers can help you preserve body heat so you can stay comfortable while waiting for your expert. Also, try to find an activity to do to keep your blood pumping, as increased activity can help keep you warm.
- Stay safe. Utilizing something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose some danger depending on the method you’re going with. It’s important to remember to never use heating methods designed for outdoor use – i.e. kerosene heaters, grills, or any other carbon monoxide producing methods. If you need to use a secondary method, electric space heaters, fireplaces or wood stoves are your go-tos.
No one wants to deal with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has gone out, but the probability is real if you don’t take the right steps. Give the pros at Point Heating & Cooling a call at 715-504-0533 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services offered or any other number of heating questions.