As homeowners, we often assume that our heating system will “just work” on a cold winter day. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case- the stresses of winter weather can cause our heating system to break down. If your furnace or boiler has given out, remain calm. In this article, Owens gives you three things to do when your heat goes out.
Check for quick fixes
Your broken furnace may not actually be broken. An easy fix could save you a service call!
- Insure the thermostat, shutoff switch, and breakers are properly powered on.
- Check that the gas is on. Follow the gas line from the furnace to the main and insure all levers are parallel to the gas pipes. If you have an old furnace or boiler with a pilot light then check that, too.
- Change the filter. A dirty filter will cause the heat exchanger to shut down your furnace.
- Make sure the intake and exhaust paths are free and clear from debris. Where to look will depend on whether your furnace vents out the side of your house or through a chimney exhaust flue.
Gather info and call Owens for service
A professional from Owens is ready to respond quickly and efficiently. We understand that a broken furnace is not only inconvenient and uncomfortable, but can also be dangerous. Having helpful information ready when you call can further streamline the process.
- Type of furnace and approximate age
- Error light codes (displayed on some furnaces)
- Observations (does the furnace try to run at all? Etc.)
Stay warm safely and avoid bigger problems
Never use an outdoor heating source like a grill or camp stove indoors as it may cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Use fireplaces and space heaters only when you are home and able to monitor. Keep space heaters away from flammable items like blankets and furniture.
Avoid freezing pipes by opening cupboards to allow warm air flow. Open all faucets to allow a constant drip. Close window coverings and put a towel under exterior doors to prevent drafts.
Losing heat in the winter is stressful. Keep these steps in mind and you’ll be prepared to mitigate the worry while keeping your home and family safe.