What to do when waiting for Furnace Repair
Make sure the thermostat is on and set to heat
In anticipation of repairs, you’ll want to make sure your thermostat is set to the proper temperature while maintenance is being performed. If your furnace is not running and the temperature is set above 60 degrees, you’ll need to manually adjust it to prevent freezing pipes or other damage. If you’re unsure of how to do this, ask a professional for help. If your furnace is currently broken and not producing heat, then setting your thermostat to the proper temperature will not affect your furnace. However, it is still important to have the thermostat set correctly so that you don’t accidentally overpay for heating services, and so that your heating system will begin heating at the right temperature as soon as it’s fixed. If you’d like to learn more about Furnace Repair in Brooklyn Park MN, then reach out to All Climate Mechanical today for all your needs!
Make sure your vents are free of any blockages
Blockages can cause your furnace to overwork itself and be less efficient. Clear all vents of any debris, such as leaves or dirt, that may have gathered there. While your furnace is out of commission, you can go through your home’s vents and ensure they’ll be ready for when the system is turned back on. Many HVAC companies also provide duct cleaning, it’s worth checking with the company that’s repairing your furnace if they also perform and air duct maintenance services.
Get creative with your heat sources
If you have a fireplace or wood stove, use them more often to supplement your home’s heating needs. If you live in an area where it gets very cold, consider purchasing space heaters to warm up certain areas of your house that are harder to heat, such as basements or attics. As long as your furnace isn’t able to produce heat the same, your home will be noticeably colder. To help combat this, make sure you’re investing in other heat sources throughout your home so you can stay warm during repairs.
If nothing else, get in touch with a family member, friend, or relative who lives nearby who may be willing to let you stay over for a few days while repairs are being made. You’ll be much more comfortable in a house that has heat while your system is being restored by a professional HVAC contractor.
Put on a few extra layers of clothing
If you’re feeling a little chilly, try putting on a few extra layers of clothing. This is usually the easiest way to stay warm when your furnace isn’t working properly. Wear socks, slippers, hats and a sweater if necessary. You’d be surprised just how much a few extra layers of clothing can help in preventing the cold from seeping under your skin.
Don’t forget about your pets
If you have a pet, don’t forget about them when it comes to staying warm. Make sure that they have enough room in their crate or bed for them to move around comfortably and get plenty of blankets or towels if needed. If it’s especially cold, keep an eye on their paws and ears, which can be sensitive to frostbite. Your pet will be much happier wearing booties or makeshift socks for a few days than they would with frostbitten toes.
Have an emergency kit with a variety of items
Just in case of an emergency, it pays to be prepared with a backup emergency kit. A good kit should include:
Flashlight and batteries
Portable radio and batteries
Cell phone charger
Emergency food and water (enough for three days)
First aid kit
Hats, Gloves, Boots, Socks, and Scarves
Have a list of repair companies on hand
If you have a furnace break, it’s important to have a list of repair companies on hand. You should also know how long it will take for them to come out so that you can plan ahead. Check ahead of time to see if any of these furnace repair companies offer emergency after-hours heating repair services, and what expected wait times can be for these as well. If you need to call a heating repair company, have your furnace model number and serial number ready. This will help them determine what the problem is and how long it will take for them to come out. If you don’t know these things, check your owner’s manual or look online for information about your specific model.
At All Climate Mechanical, we’d be happy to help you with Furnace Replacement, Roof Top Heating Units, Residential Heating, Thru-the-Wall Systems, Ductless Split Systems, Thermostats and Controls, Preventative Maintenance, and more! If you still have any questions after reading this article, always consult your local HVAC professional. We’re always happy to help so give us a call today!