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 winter time, when they’re required to keep you toasty. While you know the team at WM J Kraus & Son will always be there ASAP when you require us for a heat pump repair, there are some things you can do to ensure a repair is necessary and save yourself some expenses if it’s not. We’ve collected this checklist of things to attempt before you give us a call.

  1. It may sound strange, but make sure everything is switched “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 proper temperature and isn’t set to cool.
    • Then try swapping out the battery, if it has one.
    • If everything looks right, check your furnace switch (check your manual if you’re not sure 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, go back to your thermostat.
    • If it’s a programmable model, confirm that 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 clogging 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 319-229-2318 or schedule an appointment online and we’ll get your home back to the warm and cozy place it should be.

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