Keeping warm under a blanket when the heat is out

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

You’re in the middle of the most bitter 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 arrange furnace repair, but there are a few things you can inspect, as well as a few things you can do, to stay ready and have a plan for a situation 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.
  • Pull together 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 toasty while your furnace isn’t working. It could seem annoying 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 might have been tripped by a power surge or for a different reason. If this happens, turn the breaker back on and you could be set. If the breaker is turned off and you have turned it back on but your furnace still isn’t working, give us a call to arrange an appointment for furnace repair.
  • Add layers and get cozy. That load of supplies we recommended above will come in handy here. Layers can help you retain body heat so you can stay cozy while waiting for your expert. Also, try to find an activity to do to keep your blood pumping, as more activity can help keep you warm.
  • Stay safe. Employing something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose potential danger depending on the method you’re using. It’s important to remember to never use heating methods designed 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 deal with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has gone out, but the opportunity is real if you don’t take the right steps. Give the team at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 610-626-2540 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services provided or any other number of heating questions. Or if you’d rather, schedule an appointment online today.