Keeping warm under a blanket when the heat is out

What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio Prior to Furnace Repair

You’re in the middle of the most bitter week of winter and you wake up trembling 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 scenario 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 ready and prepare for a predicament 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 predicament.
  • Compile supplies. Set aside 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 may seem annoying or unnecessary now, but it will be nice 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 could have been tripped by a power surge or for another reason. If this is the case, switch 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 running, give us a call to schedule an appointment for furnace repair.
  • Layer on 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 something 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 some danger depending on the method you’re going with. It’s important to remember to never choose heating methods developed 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 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 correct steps. Give the experts at Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. a call at 419-592-4756 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.