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What To Do When the Heat Goes Out

Call it Murphy’s Law, or maybe just a little misfortune, but we sometimes see heat pump problems in Keokuk during the cooler months, when they’re needed the most to keep you toasty. While you know the team at WM J Kraus & Son will always be there ASAP when you need us for a heat pump repair, there are some things you can do to double check a repair is necessary and save yourself some expenses if it’s not. We’ve collected this checklist of things to try before you give us a call.

  1. It may sound silly, but make sure everything is turned “on”. We’ve been to several calls only to realize the thermostat or the heat pump itself is set to off.
    • Inspect your thermostat to guarantee it’s on, switched to the correct temperature and isn’t switched to cool.
    • Then try replacing the battery, if it has one.
    • If everything looks correct, check your furnace switch (check your manual if you’re unsure where it is) and check your fuses and circuit breaker.
    • Confirm that your gas is on.
  2. If the furnace still hasn’t turned on, return to your thermostat.
    • If it’s a programmable model, make sure it’s displaying the accurate time. If it thinks it’s morning when it’s really night, it may not switch your heat on because it doesn’t understand that you’re home.
  3. Is an impasse causing your furnace to fail?
    • Inspect your air filters to make sure they’re not blocking things up.
    • Do you have any obstructed ducts, vents or cool air openings?
    • Are all supply registers exposed?
    • Is your exhaust flue clear?

If you’ve worked through this checklist and you’re still lacking heat, call WM J Kraus & Son at 319-524-3714 or set up an appointment online and we’ll get your home back to the toasty and cozy place it should be.