What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in McMurray Prior to Furnace Repair11/04/2015You’re in the middle of the most bitter week of winter and you wake up shaking 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 doomed to suffer until morning to schedule furnace repair, but there are a handful of things you can check, as well as a few things you can do, to stay ahead of the game and prepare for a scenario 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 have a better chance at averting a chilly predicament. Gather supplies. Find 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 isn’t running. It may seem bothersome or unnecessary now, but it will come in handy 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 may have been tripped by a power surge or for a different reason. If this is the case, switch the breaker back on and you might be set. If the breaker is tripped and you have switched it back on but your furnace still isn’t running, give us a call to arrange an appointment for furnace repair. Layer on and get cozy. That handful 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 expert. Also, try to find an activity to do to keep your blood pumping, as increased activity can help keep you comfortable. Stay safe. Using 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 choose heating methods designed 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 best bets. No one wants to deal with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has quit running, but the possibility is real if you don’t take the correct steps. Give the experts at Kowalski Heating & Cooling a call at 724-745-7404 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.