What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in York Prior to Furnace Repair11/04/2015You’re in the middle of the most bitter 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 leave yourself in a predicament like this where it feels like you’re destined to suffer until morning to schedule furnace repair, but there are a handful of things you can inspect, as well as a couple things you can do, to stay ready and prepare 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. Gather supplies. Find some room in a closet, drawer or another easily accessible area for blankets, a space heater, gloves, hats and any number of other accessories to keep you toasty while your furnace isn’t working. It could seem inconvenient or unnecessary now, but it will come in handy 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 is the case, switch the breaker back on and you might be set. If the breaker is flipped and you have flipped it back on but your furnace still isn’t working, give us a call to schedule an appointment for furnace repair. Layer on and get cozy. That load of supplies we recommended above will come in handy here. Layers can help you retain body heat so you can stay comfortable while waiting for your pro. Also, try to find an activity to do to keep your blood pumping, as more activity can help keep you comfortable. Stay safe. Utilizing something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose some danger depending on the method you’re choosing. 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 another method, electric space heaters, fireplaces or wood stoves are your safest options. No one wants to deal 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 proper steps. Give the pros at Strine's Heating & A/C Inc a call at 717-755-4127 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.