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

You’re in the middle of the most frigid week of winter and you wake up shivering in a pile of blankets in bed. Your first thought is, “Why in the world has my furnace not kicked on?” Of course, you don’t want to end up in a scenario like this where it feels like you’re destined to suffer until morning to schedule furnace repair, but there are a handful of things you can inspect, as well as a handful of things you can do, to stay on your toes and have a plan 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 easily accessible 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 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 some other reason. If this happens, turn the breaker back on and you could be set. If the breaker is tripped and you have flipped it back on but your furnace still isn’t running, give us a call to schedule an appointment for furnace repair.
  • Layer on and get cozy. That load of supplies we recommended above will come in handy here. Layers can help you preserve body heat so you can stay comfortable while waiting for your expert. 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 possible danger depending on the method you’re choosing. It’s important to remember to never choose heating methods created for outdoor use – i.e. kerosene heaters, grills, or any other carbon monoxide producing methods. If you need to use another method, electric space heaters, fireplaces or wood stoves are your go-tos.

No one wants to have an encounter with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has gone out, but the opportunity is real if you don’t take the right steps. Give the experts at James Heating & A/C, Inc a call at 336-853-6070 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, schedule an appointment online today.