What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Augusta Prior to Furnace Repair11/04/2015You’re in the middle of the most frigid week of winter and you wake up shaking 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 find yourself in a scenario like this where it feels like you’re destined to suffer until morning to schedule furnace repair, but there are a few things you can check, as well as a couple things you can do, to stay on your toes and prepare for a predicament 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 avoid a chilly predicament. Gather supplies. Set aside 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 warm while your furnace isn’t working. It could seem bothersome or unnecessary now, but it will be a relief when you need it most. After You Suspect Your Furnace Quit Working: 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 is the case, flip the breaker back on and you could be set. If the breaker is flipped and you have switched it back on but your furnace still isn’t running, give us a call to schedule an appointment for furnace repair. Add layers 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 comfortable while waiting for your pro. Also, try to find something active to do to keep your blood pumping, as more activity can help keep you warm. Stay safe. Using something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose some danger depending on the method you’re going with. It’s important to remember to never use heating methods developed 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 safest options. No one wants to put up with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has quit running, but the possibility is real if you don’t take the correct steps. Give the team at Sig Cox Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 706-722-5304 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services provided or any other number of heating questions. Or if you’d rather, set up an appointment online today.