What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Cedar Rapids Prior to Furnace Repair

November 04, 2015

You’re in the middle of the most frigid week of winter and you wake up shivering 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 find yourself in a predicament like this where it feels like you’re predestined to suffer until morning to arrange furnace repair, but there are a handful of things you can take a look at, as well as a couple 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.
  • Compile supplies. Create 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 is out. It may seem annoying or unnecessary now, but it will be nice 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 is the case, flip 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 set up an appointment for furnace repair.
  • Add layers and get cozy. That list of supplies we recommended above will come in handy here. Layers can help you preserve body heat so you can stay cozy while waiting for your technician. Also, try to find an activity to do to keep your blood pumping, as more activity can help keep you cozy.
  • Stay safe. Employing 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 choose 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 best bets.

No one wants to put up with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has quit running, but the opportunity is real if you don’t take the correct steps. Give the pros at Ilten's Incorporated a call at 319-208-3295 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services offered or any other number of heating questions.