What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Wausau Prior to Furnace Repair

November 04, 2015

You’re in the middle of the most frigid 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 end up in a situation like this where it feels like you’re destined to suffer until morning to arrange furnace repair, but there are a few things you can inspect, as well as a few things you can do, to stay ready and have a plan for a situation like this.

Before You Experience Problems:

  • Furnace service. Frigid 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 situation.
  • Gather 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 warmed up while your furnace is out. It could seem bothersome or unnecessary now, but it will come in handy 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 occurs, turn the breaker back on and you might be set. If the breaker is flipped and you have turned 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 list of supplies we recommended above will come in handy here. Layers can help you keep your body heat so you can stay warm while waiting for your technician. Also, try to find something active to do to keep your blood pumping, as more activity can help keep you cozy.
  • Stay safe. Using something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose potential danger depending on the method you’re going with. It’s important to remember to never use heating methods created for outdoor use – i.e. kerosene heaters, grills, or any other carbon monoxide producing methods. If you need to use an alternate method, electric space heaters, fireplaces or wood stoves are your best bets.

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 proper steps. Give the pros at Gilray Heating and Cooling a call at 715-301-0727 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services offered or any other number of heating questions.