What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in East Hanover Prior to Furnace Repair11/04/2015You’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 find yourself in a situation 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 take a look at, as well as a handful of things you can do, to stay ahead of the game and prep for a scenario 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 morning. Compile supplies. Create 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 may seem annoying or unnecessary now, but it will be a relief when you need it most. After You Suspect Your Furnace Quit Operating: Check the circuit breaker. There’s a chance that the breaker to your furnace might have been tripped by a power surge or for a different reason. If this occurs, turn 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 operating, give us a call to set up an appointment for furnace repair. Layer up and get cozy. That handful of supplies we recommended above will come in handy here. Layers can help you retain body heat so you can stay warm while waiting for your expert. Also, try to find an activity to do to keep your blood pumping, as elevated activity can help keep you comfortable. Stay safe. Employing 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 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 safest options. No one wants to put up 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 right steps. Give the pros at Effective Service Group, LLC. a call at 973-884-0065 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services offered or any other number of heating questions. Or if you’d rather, set up an appointment online today.