What To Do When The Furnace Goes Out – If your home is feeling a lot colder than it usually does, you might be dealing with a damaged furnace. In this long winter we are having this can certainly alter the comfort of your home. No one wants to be cold all day. If you notice a temperature difference there may be a simple problem, but you also may need the help of a professional to determine if you need a furnace replacement. If you suspect your furnace has gone out, there are some simple steps you should follow.
What To Do When The Furnace Goes Out
The first thing you want to do is make sure your furnace is turned on. A majority of furnaces will have a switch that is mounted on the side. This can be easily bumped into, so it could be as simple as checking if it isn’t on. You also will want to check if your furnace is set to heat mode. If it isn’t set to “heat”, then you will want to adjust that and wait to see if it fixes your home’s heating issue. You may need to reset your furnace or your furnace may be broken and need replacement.
How Long Do Furnaces Last?
There isn’t any appliance that will last forever. Even with the utmost care and furnaces have a lot of moving parts that need to be cared for and can break. Most home furnaces will last 15-18 years. If you are having it regularly inspected and repaired, you may get more longevity out of it.
What To Do When Your Furnace Stops Working
If your furnace goes out, you will likely need a professional. In some cases, it can take some time to get an appointment and while you wait for your repair you need to keep your house warm.
Use a Space Heater
If you aren’t dealing with a power outage, then you will be able to use a space heater to keep you and your family warm. You want to pick a central room where you all hang out so that you can make the most of your heat. If you don’t have a space heater then you may want to try to borrow one from a friend or purchase one for the time being.
Use Your Fireplace
If you have a gas or wood-burning fireplace, then now is the time to use it. This will help warm up parts of your home where you can all congregate together.
Keep your doors shut and stay inside as much as you can. Every time you open a door your warm air will escape and cold or will come in. Until your furnace is fixed, be cautious with your entrance and exits.
Keep yourself warm by dressing warm. Use layers and blankets to keep yourself cozy.
Pull out the winter gloves, hats, scarves, sweaters, coats, fluffy socks, and even snow pants and boots. Dress in layers and cover up in blankets to stay warm.
Be wise and careful with this but consider cooking oven-based meals. Naturally, your house will get warmer when you use the oven to make that delicious pot roast you have been craving.
Whatever room you have the space heater running in is the best place to throw a family slumber party. More bodies will also create more heat. As always take all of the necessary precautions to ensure safety first.
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