Keeping warm under a blanket when the heat is out

What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Homer Glen 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. 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 predicament like this where it feels like you’re predestined to suffer until morning to arrange furnace repair, but there are a couple things you can take a look at, as well as a couple things you can do, to stay ahead of the game and prepare for a scenario 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 have a better chance at averting a chilly situation.
  • Compile supplies. Set aside 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 toasty while your furnace isn’t working. It may seem annoying or unnecessary now, but it will be a relief 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 could have been tripped by a power surge or for a different reason. If this occurs, turn the breaker back on and you may be set. If the breaker is turned off 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 load of supplies we recommended above will come in handy here. Layers can help you keep your body heat so you can stay warm while waiting for your expert. Also, try to find an activity to do to keep your blood pumping, as increased activity can help keep you cozy.
  • Stay safe. Using something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose possible danger depending on the method you’re going with. It’s important to remember to never utilize heating methods developed 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 safest options.

No one wants to deal with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has stopped working, but the opportunity is real if you don’t take the proper steps. Give the experts at Pinnacle HVAC LLC a call at 708-301-0170 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, set up an appointment online today.