What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Plainfield Prior to Furnace Repair11/04/2015You’re in the middle of the most bitter 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 scenario like this where it feels like you’re predestined 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 ahead of the game and prep for a situation like this. Before You Experience Problems: Furnace service. Chilly nights and furnace repair can’t always be avoided, but having annual furnace service completed can help you avoid a chilly predicament. Gather supplies. Set aside some room in a closet, drawer or another easily accessible 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 might seem bothersome or unnecessary now, but it will be a relief 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 happens, turn 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 working, give us a call to set up 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 warm while waiting for your technician. Also, try to find something active to do to keep your blood pumping, as elevated activity can help keep you cozy. Stay safe. Using something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose potential danger depending on the method you’re going with. 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 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 stopped working, but the possibility is real if you don’t take the right steps. Give the team at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc a call at 815-768-6656 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.