You’re in the middle of the most bitter 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 end up in a situation like this where it feels like you’re destined to suffer until morning to set up furnace repair, but there are a handful of things you can inspect, as well as a few things you can do, to stay ahead of the game and prepare 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 morning.
- Gather supplies. Find 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 warm while your furnace isn’t running. It might 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 might have been tripped by a power surge or for another reason. If this is the case, flip the breaker back on and you may be set. If the breaker is tripped and you have flipped it back on but your furnace still isn’t running, give us a call to set up an appointment for furnace repair.
- Add layers and get cozy. That list of supplies we recommended above will come in handy here. Layers can help you retain body heat so you can stay warm while waiting for your technician. Also, try to find something to do to keep your blood pumping, as more activity can help keep you cozy.
- Stay safe. Using 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 choose heating methods created for outdoor use – i.e. kerosene heaters, grills, or any other carbon monoxide producing methods. If you need to use another method, electric space heaters, fireplaces or wood stoves are your go-tos.
No one wants to put up 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 proper steps. Give the experts at Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc a call at 256-270-1196 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services offered or any other number of heating questions.