What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Wisconsin Rapids Prior to Furnace Repair11/04/2015You’re in the middle of the most bitter week of winter and you wake up trembling in a pile of blankets in bed. Your first thought is, “Why in the world has my furnace not kicked on?” Of course, you don’t want to find yourself in a predicament like this where it feels like you’re doomed to suffer until morning to set up furnace repair, but there are a handful of things you can check, as well as a couple things you can do, to stay ahead of the game and prepare for a predicament like this. Before You Experience Problems: Furnace service. Cold nights and furnace repair can’t always be avoided, but having annual furnace service completed can help you avoid a chilly morning. Pull together 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 is out. It could 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 happens, switch the breaker back on and you may be set. If the breaker is flipped and you have flipped it back on but your furnace still isn’t running, give us a call to arrange an appointment for furnace repair. Layer up and get cozy. That list 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 technician. Also, try to find something active to do to keep your blood pumping, as increased activity can help keep you comfortable. Stay safe. Using something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose possible danger depending on the method you’re choosing. 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 a secondary method, electric space heaters, fireplaces or wood stoves are your best bets. No one wants to deal 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 right steps. Give the experts at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc a call at 715-421-5555 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, arrange an appointment online today.