You’re in the middle of the most frigid 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 find yourself in a situation like this where it feels like you’re doomed to suffer until morning to set up 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 ahead of the game and prepare 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 morning.
- 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 warm while your furnace isn’t running. It may seem bothersome or unnecessary now, but it will come in handy 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 might have been tripped by a power surge or for another 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 list of supplies we recommended above will come in handy here. Layers can help you preserve body heat so you can stay cozy while waiting for your pro. Also, try to find something active to do to keep your blood pumping, as more activity can help keep you comfortable.
- Stay safe. Employing something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose potential danger depending on the method you’re going with. It’s important to remember to never choose 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 best bets.
No one wants to have an encounter with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has quit running, but the probability is real if you don’t take the right steps. Give the team at Gillman Heating and Air a call at 478-202-3076 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services offered or any other number of heating questions.