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What To Do When the Heat Goes Out

Call it Murphy’s Law, or maybe just a little misfortune, but we sometimes see heat pump issues in the Main Line during the cooler months, when they’re required to keep you warm. While you know the team at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning will forever be there ASAP when you need us for a heat pump repair, there are some things you can do to confirm that a repair is needed and save yourself some cash if it’s not. We’ve gathered this checklist of things to try before you give us a call.

  1. It may sound silly, but make sure everything is switched “on”. We’ve been to several calls only to discover the thermostat or the heat pump itself is set to off.
    • Look at your thermostat to make sure it’s on, switched to the appropriate temperature and isn’t switched to cool.
    • Then try swapping out the battery, if it has one.
    • If everything looks accurate, check your furnace switch (check your manual if you’re hesitant about where it is) and test your fuses and circuit breaker.
    • Double check that your gas is on.
  2. If the furnace still hasn’t turned on, revisit your thermostat.
    • If it’s a programmable model, make certain that it’s displaying the correct time. If it thinks it’s morning when it’s really night, it may not kick your heat on because it doesn’t think you’re home.
  3. Is a blockage causing your furnace to fail?
    • Examine your air filters to confirm they’re not jamming things up.
    • Do you have any blocked ducts, vents or cool air openings?
    • Are all supply registers open?
    • Is your exhaust flue clear?

If you’ve gone through this checklist and you’re still without heat, call O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning at 610-626-2540 or schedule an appointment online and we’ll get your home back to the toasty and cozy place it should be.