Keeping warm under a blanket when the heat is out

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

You’re in the middle of the most frigid week of winter and you wake up shaking 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 destined to suffer until morning to arrange furnace repair, but there are a few things you can inspect, as well as a couple things you can do, to stay ahead of the game and prepare for a predicament 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 avert a chilly predicament.
  • Pull together 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 warm while your furnace isn’t working. It may seem inconvenient 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, flip 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 arrange an appointment for furnace repair.
  • Layer on 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 warm while waiting for your technician. Also, try to find something active to do to keep your blood pumping, as increased activity can help keep you comfortable.
  • Stay safe. Employing something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose some 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 an alternate 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 opportunity is real if you don’t take the proper steps. Give the pros at Air Patrol Air Conditioning & Heating of Texas a call at 214-261-0034 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services available or any other number of heating questions. Or if you’d rather, arrange an appointment online today.