What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Franklin Lakes 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. 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 predestined to suffer until morning to arrange furnace repair, but there are a handful of things you can check, as well as a handful of things you can do, to stay on your toes and prep for a situation like this.

Before You Experience Problems:

  • Furnace service. Frigid nights and furnace repair can’t always be avoided, but having annual furnace service completed can help you avert a chilly morning.
  • Gather 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 might seem inconvenient or unnecessary now, but it will be nice 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 could have been tripped by a power surge or for a different reason. If this is the case, flip 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 schedule an appointment for furnace repair.
  • Layer on 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 comfortable while waiting for your technician. Also, try to find something to do to keep your blood pumping, as elevated activity can help keep you warm.
  • Stay safe. Using 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 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 safest options.

No one wants to put up with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has gone out, but the probability is real if you don’t take the proper steps. Give the team at Total Comfort a call at 201-268-5663 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services available or any other number of heating questions.