Keeping warm under a blanket when the heat is out

What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Macon 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 thought to go through your head is, “Why in the world has my furnace not kicked on?” Of course, you don’t want to leave yourself in a situation like this where it feels like you’re destined to suffer until morning to arrange furnace repair, but there are a few things you can check, as well as a handful of things you can do, to stay ahead of the game and have a plan for a situation like this.

Before You Experience Problems:

  • Furnace service. Chilly nights and furnace repair can’t always be avoided, but having annual furnace service completed can help you avoid a chilly situation.
  • Gather 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 warm while your furnace is out. It may seem inconvenient 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 another reason. If this occurs, switch the breaker back on and you could be set. If the breaker is tripped and you have flipped it back on but your furnace still isn’t operating, 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 technician. Also, try to find an activity to do to keep your blood pumping, as elevated activity can help keep you cozy.
  • Stay safe. Employing something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose potential danger depending on the method you’re choosing. 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 gone out, but the possibility is real if you don’t take the proper steps. Give the pros at Air Temperature Control a call at 478-784-1109 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, set up an appointment online today.