What To Do If Your Heat Goes Out This Winter? 

Feb 18, 2022 | Blog, Furnace, Heating, HVAC, Kettering, Kettering-Oakwood, Maintenance, Oakwood, OH, Ohio, Repair, Thermostat, Tips & Tricks, Winter

March is just around the corner, but the winter season isn’t over just yet. Unfortunately, Ohio residents know the reality of cold weather lingering around a little longer than welcomed.

Therefore, where our HVAC systems are concerned, we have to stay on our toes and be prepared for whatever weather disasters Mother Nature throws our way. No matter how old your furnace is, it would be a great idea to have a game plan should your furnace ever go out in the winter. For lack of a better term, we would hate to see you stuck out in the cold! So your experts from Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air have shared a few tips & tricks to help you know what to do should this situation ever arise. Of course, we hope it doesn’t, but it is better to be safe than sorry!

When Do I Call an HVAC Specialist?

Suppose you find your furnace has stopped working out of nowhere. Don’t panic. First, try the standard troubleshooting steps listed below. At this point, if your furnace is still not functioning correctly, then we recommend calling your local HVAC company like Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air.

What Should I Do If I Expect a Gas Leak from My Furnace?

The first thing you always want to check if your furnace is malfunctioning is if the cause is a gas leak. Your safety is the utmost priority! So if you smell anything funny or suspect this may be the reason for your dilemma, make sure everyone exits the home, including pets and call your gas company right away.

How Do I Troubleshoot When My Furnace Stops Working?

It would be helpful for you to keep these general troubleshooting tips in mind to apply if your furnace goes out:

  1. Check to see if the pilot light needs to be relit. If you need to know how to, there should be some instructions on the side of the furnace.
  2. Check if the circuit breaker furnace switch has flipped off. It may need to be flipped back to the on position.
  3. Check if the thermostat’s setting somehow got changed off of “heat mode.” If so, turn it back on.
  4. Check the batteries on the thermostat to see if a fresh set of batteries is all it needs. You never know!

How Do We Stay Warm When the Furnace Goes Out?

You’ve got your appointment scheduled. Now what? In the meantime, we know you want to keep nice and toasty. So bundle up in your comfiest and coziest clothes. Next, gather everyone together in a common area such as the living room. You can close doors to unused bedrooms to keep any remaining warm air circulating in the main areas where everyone is gathered.

Last of all, utilize the fireplace if you have one. But please don’t leave them unattended for extended periods due to safety reasons.

When a furnace stops working out of nowhere in the dead of winter, it is never convenient and never comes at an optimal time. Our customers are our main priority! We want you to stay safe and comfortable in your home this winter, especially if you’re having furnace troubles or your heat goes out. So give us a call at Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air today for all of your home furnace installation, repairs, and products at (937) 502-3842, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!