You’re in the middle of the most frigid week of winter and you wake up trembling 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 scenario like this where it feels like you’re destined to suffer until morning to schedule furnace repair, but there are a couple things you can check, as well as a few things you can do, to stay on your toes and prep for a situation 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 predicament.
- Pull together supplies. Create 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 warmed up while your furnace isn’t working. It might seem bothersome or unnecessary now, but it will be a relief 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 might have been tripped by a power surge or for a different reason. If this occurs, switch the breaker back on and you could be set. If the breaker is tripped and you have flipped it back on but your furnace still isn’t working, give us a call to set up 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 keep your body heat so you can stay cozy while waiting for your expert. Also, try to find something active to do to keep your blood pumping, as more 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 utilize 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 possibility is real if you don’t take the right steps. Give the pros at Dave's Diversified Services a call at 540-636-3396 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services offered or any other number of heating questions.