Keeping warm under a blanket when the heat is out

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

You’re in the middle of the most bitter week of winter and you wake up shivering 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 leave yourself in a predicament like this where it feels like you’re doomed to suffer until morning to arrange furnace repair, but there are a handful of things you can inspect, as well as a handful of things you can do, to stay on your toes and prep for a scenario 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 have a better chance at averting a chilly situation.
  • Pull together 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 toasty while your furnace is out. It may seem bothersome or unnecessary now, but it will be a relief 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 another reason. If this occurs, flip the breaker back on and you could be set. If the breaker is flipped and you have turned it back on but your furnace still isn’t running, give us a call to schedule an appointment for furnace repair.
  • Add layers and get cozy. That list 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 technician. Also, try to find an activity to do to keep your blood pumping, as increased activity can help keep you cozy.
  • Stay safe. Utilizing 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 created 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 have an encounter 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 correct steps. Give the pros at Clean Air HVAC a call at 925-689-7017 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services offered or any other number of heating questions. Or if you’d rather, schedule an appointment online today.