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

You’re in the middle of the most frigid week of winter and you wake up trembling 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 situation like this where it feels like you’re predestined to suffer until morning to schedule furnace repair, but there are a few things you can check, as well as a few 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. Cold nights and furnace repair can’t always be avoided, but having annual furnace service completed can help you avoid a chilly morning.
  • Gather supplies. Create some room in a closet, drawer or another handy 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 could seem annoying or unnecessary now, but it will come in handy 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 might have been tripped by a power surge or for a different reason. If this occurs, flip the breaker back on and you may 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 schedule an appointment for furnace repair.
  • Layer up 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 increased 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 using. It’s important to remember to never choose 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 go-tos.

No one wants to have an encounter 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 experts at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 309-762-3641 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services available or any other number of heating questions. Or if you’d rather, arrange an appointment online today.