What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Utica Prior to Furnace Repair11/04/2015You’re in the middle of the coldest 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 find yourself in a situation like this where it feels like you’re destined to suffer until morning to set up furnace repair, but there are a few things you can check, as well as a handful of things you can do, to stay ready 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 avoid a chilly situation. Compile supplies. Set aside 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 warmed up while your furnace is out. It might seem annoying or unnecessary now, but it will be a relief 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 is the case, turn the breaker back on and you might be set. If the breaker is flipped and you have flipped it back on but your furnace still isn’t working, 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 keep your body heat so you can stay comfortable while waiting for your expert. Also, try to find an activity 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 potential danger depending on the method you’re using. It’s important to remember to never use 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 put up with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has stopped working, but the possibility is real if you don’t take the correct steps. Give the experts at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. a call at 586-731-0950 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services provided or any other number of heating questions. Or if you’d rather, arrange an appointment online today.