Keeping warm under a blanket when the heat is out

What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Keokuk 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 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 scenario like this where it feels like you’re predestined to suffer until morning to schedule furnace repair, but there are a few things you can take a look at, as well as a couple things you can do, to stay on your toes and prep for a situation 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 situation.
  • Gather supplies. Find 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 warmed up while your furnace isn’t working. It may seem annoying or unnecessary now, but it will come in handy when you need it most.

After You Suspect Your Furnace Quit Running:

  • Check the circuit breaker. There’s a chance that the breaker to your furnace may have been tripped by a power surge or for some other reason. If this occurs, turn the breaker back on and you might be set. If the breaker is tripped and you have turned it back on but your furnace still isn’t operating, give us a call to arrange an appointment for furnace repair.
  • Layer up and get cozy. That handful 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 pro. Also, try to find something active to do to keep your blood pumping, as elevated 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 using. It’s important to remember to never utilize heating methods created 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 go-tos.

No one wants to put up with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has stopped working, but the possibility is real if you don’t take the proper steps. Give the experts at WM J Kraus & Son a call at 319-524-3714 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services offered or any other number of heating questions. Or if you’d rather, set up an appointment online today.