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What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Beckley and Mount Hope Prior to Furnace Repair

November 04, 2015

You’re in the middle of the most bitter 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 end up in a scenario like this where it feels like you’re predestined to suffer until morning to set up furnace repair, but there are a couple things you can take a look at, as well as a few things you can do, to stay on your toes and prep for a scenario 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. 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 warm while your furnace isn’t running. It could seem annoying 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 may have been tripped by a power surge or for a different reason. If this occurs, turn the breaker back on and you might 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.
  • Layer on 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 warm while waiting for your pro. Also, try to find something to do to keep your blood pumping, as increased activity can help keep you comfortable.
  • Stay safe. Utilizing something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose possible danger depending on the method you’re using. It’s important to remember to never choose heating methods designed 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 go-tos.

No one wants to deal 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 proper steps. Give the team at Appalachian Heating a call at 304-707-0600 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services provided or any other number of heating questions.