What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Odessa 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 predicament 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 take a look at, as well as a couple things you can do, to stay on your toes 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 avert a chilly predicament. Compile supplies. Find some room in a closet, drawer or another handy area for blankets, a space heater, gloves, hats and any number of other accessories to keep you warm while your furnace isn’t working. It may seem bothersome 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 may have been tripped by a power surge or for a different reason. If this is the case, turn the breaker back on and you might be set. If the breaker is tripped and you have flipped it back on but your furnace still isn’t working, give us a call to schedule an appointment for furnace repair. Layer on and get cozy. That handful 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 technician. Also, try to find something active to do to keep your blood pumping, as elevated activity can help keep you comfortable. Stay safe. Using something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose potential danger depending on the method you’re choosing. It’s important to remember to never choose heating methods developed 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 deal with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has quit running, but the opportunity is real if you don’t take the correct steps. Give the experts at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 432-333-2208 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, set up an appointment online today.