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 thought to go through your head 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 inspect, 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. 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 morning.
- Pull together supplies. Create 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 is out. 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 a different reason. If this happens, 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 running, give us a call to set up 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 keep your body heat so you can stay comfortable while waiting for your pro. Also, try to find something active to do to keep your blood pumping, as increased activity can help keep you comfortable.
- Stay safe. Using 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 utilize heating methods designed 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 put up 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 pros at J.L. Brady Company LLC a call at 309-517-7511 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services provided or any other number of heating questions.