You’re in the middle of the most frigid week of winter and you wake up shivering in a pile of blankets in bed. The first thing you think is, “Why in the world has my furnace not kicked on?” Of course, you don’t want to find yourself in a predicament like this where it feels like you’re destined to suffer until morning to schedule furnace repair, but there are a few things you can take a look at, as well as a few things you can do, to stay ready and have a plan 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 avoid a chilly predicament.
- Gather 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 is out. It may seem annoying or unnecessary now, but it will be a relief 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 may have been tripped by a power surge or for another reason. If this is the case, flip the breaker back on and you could be set. If the breaker is turned off and you have turned it back on but your furnace still isn’t operating, give us a call to set up an appointment for furnace repair.
- Layer on and get cozy. That list of supplies we recommended above will come in handy here. Layers can help you preserve body heat so you can stay cozy while waiting for your pro. Also, try to find something to do to keep your blood pumping, as increased activity can help keep you comfortable.
- Stay safe. Utilizing something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose some danger depending on the method you’re choosing. It’s important to remember to never utilize heating methods created 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 best bets.
No one wants to deal with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has gone out, but the opportunity is real if you don’t take the right steps. Give the experts at Western Mechanical, Inc. a call at 435-753-5515 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services offered or any other number of heating questions.