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

November 04, 2015

You’re in the middle of the coldest week of winter and you wake up shivering 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 end up in a situation like this where it feels like you’re predestined to suffer until morning to arrange furnace repair, but there are a couple things you can take a look at, as well as a couple things you can do, to stay ready and prepare for a predicament 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.
  • Compile 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 warm while your furnace is out. It may seem annoying 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 a different reason. If this happens, turn the breaker back on and you might 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.
  • Add layers 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 cozy while waiting for your expert. Also, try to find something active to do to keep your blood pumping, as elevated activity can help keep you cozy.
  • Stay safe. Utilizing something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose possible danger depending on the method you’re choosing. It’s important to remember to never use heating methods developed for outdoor use – i.e. kerosene heaters, grills, or any other carbon monoxide producing methods. If you need to use an alternate method, electric space heaters, fireplaces or wood stoves are your go-tos.

No one wants to deal 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 right steps. Give the experts at American HVAC Inc a call at 408-215-1018 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services provided or any other number of heating questions.