You’re in the middle of the coldest 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 situation like this where it feels like you’re predestined to suffer until morning to arrange furnace repair, but there are a handful of things you can take a look at, as well as a few things you can do, to stay on your toes and prep for a predicament 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 situation.
- Compile 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 toasty while your furnace isn’t running. It may seem bothersome 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 could have been tripped by a power surge or for some other reason. If this is the case, turn the breaker back on and you could be set. If the breaker is turned off and you have switched it back on but your furnace still isn’t running, give us a call to arrange 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 warm while waiting for your pro. Also, try to find something active to do to keep your blood pumping, as elevated activity can help keep you warm.
- Stay safe. Utilizing something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose potential danger depending on the method you’re using. 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 deal 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 correct steps. Give the experts at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services a call at (616) 669-3961 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services available or any other number of heating questions.