What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Saint Marys Prior to Furnace Repair

You’re in the middle of the most bitter week of winter and you wake up shaking 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 scenario like this where it feels like you’re doomed to suffer until morning to schedule furnace repair, but there are a handful of things you can take a look at, as well as a couple things you can do, to stay on your toes and have a plan 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 have a better chance at averting a chilly predicament.
  • Gather supplies. Set aside some room in a closet, drawer or another easily accessible area for blankets, a space heater, gloves, hats and any number of other accessories to keep you toasty while your furnace isn’t running. It could seem bothersome or unnecessary now, but it will come in handy when you need it most.

After You Suspect Your Furnace Quit Operating:

  • 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 might be set. If the breaker is tripped and you have switched it back on but your furnace still isn’t working, 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 keep your body heat so you can stay cozy while waiting for your technician. Also, try to find an activity to do to keep your blood pumping, as increased activity can help keep you cozy.
  • 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 developed 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 safest options.

No one wants to have an encounter 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 team at Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 912-208-2470 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services provided or any other number of heating questions. 

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