You’re in the middle of the coldest week of winter and you wake up trembling 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 find yourself in a situation like this where it feels like you’re doomed to suffer until morning to schedule furnace repair, but there are a few things you can inspect, as well as a handful of things you can do, to stay on your toes and prep for a scenario like this.
Before You Experience Problems:
- Furnace service. Frigid nights and furnace repair can’t always be avoided, but having annual furnace service completed can help you avert a chilly morning.
- Compile supplies. Create 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 might seem bothersome or unnecessary now, but it will be a relief when you need it most.
After You Suspect Your Furnace Quit Working:
- Check the circuit breaker. There’s a chance that the breaker to your furnace may have been tripped by a power surge or for another reason. If this occurs, switch the breaker back on and you might be set. If the breaker is flipped and you have flipped it back on but your furnace still isn’t working, give us a call to arrange an appointment for furnace repair.
- Layer up 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 technician. Also, try to find something to do to keep your blood pumping, as more activity can help keep you comfortable.
- Stay safe. Using something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose possible danger depending on the method you’re going with. It’s important to remember to never utilize heating methods developed 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 have an encounter with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has stopped working, but the probability is real if you don’t take the proper steps. Give the pros at US Air Heating and Cooling a call at 803-220-0761 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services available or any other number of heating questions.