What to do When Your Heat Goes Out

February 23, 2012

As far as Ohio winters go, this one has been all over the place – 50s one day, 30s the next! Since we really never know what the weather is going to do, we figured now is a good time to explain some things you can do to stay warm if the heat goes out!

What to do if Your Furnace Breaks Down

Check the power – you’d be surprised how many people call us thinking their furnace is out without noticing that all their power is out! Even a gas and oil furnaces need electricity to run, so if your power is out, call the electric company first, then read on to find some things you can do to keep warm when the power goes out!

Check the air filter – if your power is still on, check your furnace’s air filter. Many furnaces have an automatic shut off that kicks in when the filter gets too dirty. If that’s the case, just swap out or clean the filter and reset the furnace – it should work again no problem.

Call a furnace repair company – if neither of these works, call Rick’s! If your furnace is still fairly new, you most likely won’t be spending too much on your furnace repairs. If your furnace is older and repairs look like they’re going to run you about $1,000 or more, it might be time for furnace replacement. We often recommend furnace replacement in place of overly expensive repairs, as the increased furnace efficiency will likely save you significantly in the long run!

Call Rick’s today for furnace repair in Cincinnati!

How to Keep Warm When the Power Goes Out

If the power goes out, furnace repair isn’t going to help. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to keep warm, even with no heat!

Call the power company – you shouldn’t always assume someone in your neighborhood has called the electric company. Many times your neighbors all think someone ELSE called, and then nobody calls! Call the power company and let them know the power in your neighborhood is out. Who knows – the more people from your neighborhood that call, the more likely the power company may be to take care of you!

Use a generator – if you have a standby generator, fire it up! For efficiency reasons, we don’t recommend using it to power your whole furnace or heating system, but it will definitely run your refrigerator, a few lights and, most importantly, a space heater! You can use the space heater to keep the room you’re in warm – just make sure you don’t put it near anything flammable, and never, NEVER leave it unattended!

Light a fire – gas or wood burning fireplaces will still work in the event of a power outage. Light up a fire for light and warmth if your heat goes out.

Use drapes wisely – keep drapes and curtains open during the day to let sunlight and heat in. Close them at night to keep that heat in!

At Rick’s Heating & Cooling, we want to make sure everyone stays warm for the rest of the winter! Read more about our Ohio furnace service or call today!