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 scenario like this where it feels like you’re destined to suffer until morning to arrange furnace repair, but there are a few things you can check, as well as a few things you can do, to stay on your toes and have a plan for a predicament like this.
Before You Experience Problems:
- Furnace service. Chilly 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.
- Compile supplies. Find some room in a closet, drawer or another easy to access 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 bothersome or unnecessary now, but it will be nice 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 some other reason. If this happens, turn the breaker back on and you may be set. If the breaker is flipped and you have switched it back on but your furnace still isn’t operating, give us a call to schedule an appointment for furnace repair.
- Layer up and get cozy. That handful of supplies we recommended above will come in handy here. Layers can help you retain body heat so you can stay comfortable while waiting for your pro. Also, try to find an activity to do to keep your blood pumping, as increased activity can help keep you warm.
- Stay safe. Employing 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 choose heating methods designed 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 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 correct steps. Give the pros at Jett's Heating & Air Inc. a call at 815-410-1128 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services provided or any other number of heating questions.