What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in South Beloit and Belvidere Prior to Furnace Repair

November 04, 2015

You’re in the middle of the most bitter week of winter and you wake up shaking in a pile of blankets in bed. The first thought to go through your head is, “Why in the world has my furnace not kicked on?” Of course, you don’t want to end up in a predicament like this where it feels like you’re doomed 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 couple things you can do, to stay ahead of the game and have a plan for a situation 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 avoid a chilly morning.
  • Gather 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 is out. It may 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 may have been tripped by a power surge or for some other reason. If this occurs, turn the breaker back on and you may be set. If the breaker is tripped and you have turned it back on but your furnace still isn’t working, give us a call to arrange an appointment for furnace repair.
  • Layer on and get cozy. That handful of supplies we recommended above will come in handy here. Layers can help you preserve body heat so you can stay warm while waiting for your pro. Also, try to find an activity to do to keep your blood pumping, as elevated activity can help keep you warm.
  • Stay safe. Employing 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 created for outdoor use – i.e. kerosene heaters, grills, or any other carbon monoxide producing methods. If you need to use an alternate method, electric space heaters, fireplaces or wood stoves are your safest options.

No one wants to put up with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has stopped working, but the possibility is real if you don’t take the right steps. Give the team at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc a call at 877-389-2465 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services offered or any other number of heating questions.