What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Columbia Prior to Furnace Repair11/04/2015You’re in the middle of the most bitter week of winter and you wake up shivering 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 find yourself in a predicament like this where it feels like you’re predestined to suffer until morning to schedule furnace repair, but there are a couple things you can take a look at, as well as a handful of things you can do, to stay ahead of the game and prep for a situation 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 have a better chance at averting a chilly predicament. Pull together 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 warm while your furnace isn’t running. It may seem inconvenient or unnecessary now, but it will be nice 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 might have been tripped by a power surge or for another reason. If this happens, switch the breaker back on and you could be set. If the breaker is tripped and you have switched it back on but your furnace still isn’t working, give us a call to arrange an appointment for furnace repair. Add layers 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 increased activity can help keep you warm. Stay safe. Using something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose some danger depending on the method you’re choosing. It’s important to remember to never utilize heating methods designed 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 safest options. No one wants to have an encounter with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has quit running, but the probability is real if you don’t take the proper steps. Give the team at Watts Electric & A/C Inc a call at 601-736-7362 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, schedule an appointment online today.