What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Shelby Prior to Furnace Repair

November 04, 2015

You’re in the middle of the most frigid week of winter and you wake up shivering 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 predicament like this where it feels like you’re destined to suffer until morning to schedule furnace repair, but there are a few things you can check, as well as a couple things you can do, to stay on your toes and prepare for a predicament 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 avert a chilly situation.
  • Compile supplies. Create 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 warmed up while your furnace isn’t running. It may seem annoying or unnecessary now, but it will be nice when you need it most.

After You Suspect Your Furnace Quit Working:

  • Check the circuit breaker. There’s a chance that the breaker to your furnace might have been tripped by a power surge or for some other reason. If this is the case, switch 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 running, give us a call to arrange an appointment for furnace repair.
  • Add layers 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 expert. Also, try to find something 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 using. 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 another method, electric space heaters, fireplaces or wood stoves are your go-tos.

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 pros at Hopper Heating and Air a call at 704-233-7363 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services available or any other number of heating questions.