What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Madera Prior to Furnace Repair11/04/2015You’re in the middle of the coldest 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 predestined to suffer until morning to set up 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 ready and prepare for a predicament 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. Compile supplies. Create 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 be nice 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 another reason. If this is the case, switch the breaker back on and you may be set. If the breaker is turned off and you have flipped it back on but your furnace still isn’t operating, give us a call to schedule an appointment for furnace repair. Layer up and get cozy. That load of supplies we recommended above will come in handy here. Layers can help you keep your body heat so you can stay cozy while waiting for your expert. Also, try to find an activity to do to keep your blood pumping, as increased activity can help keep you cozy. Stay safe. Utilizing something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose some danger depending on the method you’re going with. It’s important to remember to never use heating methods designed for outdoor use – i.e. kerosene heaters, grills, or any other carbon monoxide producing methods. If you need to use a secondary 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 quit running, but the probability is real if you don’t take the right steps. Give the pros at Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. a call at 559-675-1681 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, arrange an appointment online today.