What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Ridgedale and the Branson area Prior to Furnace Repair11/04/2015You’re in the middle of the most frigid week of winter and you wake up shaking in a pile of blankets in bed. The first thought to go through your head is, “Why in the world has my furnace not kicked on?” Of course, you don’t want to find yourself in a scenario like this where it feels like you’re doomed to suffer until morning to schedule furnace repair, but there are a handful of things you can check, as well as a handful of things you can do, to stay ready and have a plan 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 situation. Pull together supplies. Set aside 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 toasty while your furnace is out. It may seem bothersome or unnecessary now, but it will come in handy when you need it most. After You Suspect Your Furnace Quit Working: Check the circuit breaker. There’s a chance that the breaker to your furnace could have been tripped by a power surge or for some other reason. If this is the case, switch the breaker back on and you might be set. If the breaker is flipped and you have turned it back on but your furnace still isn’t working, give us a call to arrange an appointment for furnace repair. Layer on 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 comfortable while waiting for your technician. Also, try to find something active to do to keep your blood pumping, as elevated activity can help keep you cozy. Stay safe. Employing something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose possible danger depending on the method you’re using. It’s important to remember to never utilize heating methods designed 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 have an encounter with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has stopped working, but the opportunity is real if you don’t take the right steps. Give the pros at Branson HVAC, LLC a call at 417-544-4430 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.