What To Do When the Heat Goes Out

Call it Murphy’s Law, or maybe just a little bad luck, but we sometimes see heat pump issues in Cedar Rapids during the cooler months, when they’re necessary to keep you toasty. While you know the team at Ilten's Incorporated will constantly be there ASAP when you need us for a heat pump repair, there are some things you can do to ensure a repair is needed and save yourself some cash if it’s not. We’ve compiled this checklist of things to test before you give us a call.

  1. It may sound silly, but make sure everything is set to “on”. We’ve been to more than a few calls only to find the thermostat or the heat pump itself is set to off.
    • Look at your thermostat to guarantee it’s on, set to the correct temperature and isn’t switched to cool.
    • Then try swapping out the battery, if it has one.
    • If everything looks correct, check your furnace switch (check your manual if you’re hesitant about where it is) and test your fuses and circuit breaker.
    • Double check that your gas is on.
  2. If the furnace still hasn’t kicked on, return to your thermostat.
    • If it’s a programmable model, make sure it’s showing the proper time. If it thinks it’s morning when it’s in fact night, it may not turn your heat on because it doesn’t know you’re home.
  3. Is an impasse causing your furnace to breakdown?
    • Examine your air filters to ensure they’re not jamming things up.
    • Do you have any obstructed ducts, vents or cool air openings?
    • Are all supply registers accessible?
    • Is your exhaust flue open?

If you’ve worked through this checklist and you’re still without heat, call Ilten's Incorporated at 319-208-3295 or arrange an appointment online and we’ll get your home back to the toasty and cozy place it should be.

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