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

You’re in the middle of the most frigid 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 scenario like this where it feels like you’re predestined to suffer until morning to schedule furnace repair, but there are a handful of things you can check, as well as a couple 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 avoid a chilly situation.
  • Pull together supplies. Create 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 warmed up while your furnace isn’t working. It may seem inconvenient or unnecessary now, but it will come in handy 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 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 turned off and you have flipped it back on but your furnace still isn’t working, give us a call to set up an appointment for furnace repair.
  • Layer up and get cozy. That handful 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 something to do to keep your blood pumping, as elevated activity can help keep you comfortable.
  • Stay safe. Utilizing something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose some danger depending on the method you’re choosing. It’s important to remember to never utilize heating methods created 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 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 correct steps. Give the experts at Kapaun & Brown Inc. a call at 641-753-3563 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services provided or any other number of heating questions. 

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