The days and, especially, the nights are starting to get chilly here in Erlanger, KY, and the neighboring communities, which means more and more homeowners are preparing their furnaces for the cold winter months ahead. Make sure you and your family are covered for the winter by scheduling a heating system service with Arlinghaus today! We can help you avoid an HVAC breakdown and enjoy the holidays in style.
What Should You Do When Your Heater Fails?
Uh-oh! Did your house suddenly go from warm and cozy to tundra-like temperatures? At this point, you probably have alarm bells going off in your head — and rightly so! Winters around these parts are no joke, and your family needs a functioning furnace to remain comfortable and, most importantly, safe.
Before you go into full-panic mode, let’s walk through some basic scenarios to eliminate simple errors that you may be able to repair on your own.
Check the Thermostat
Sometimes, the most obvious solution is the simplest one! If you’re a family that constantly likes to bicker over the temperature settings, your first trip should be to the thermostat. Did someone turn the heat off or change the program (in the case of a programmable or WiFi thermostat) without notifying you? Is the thermostat itself in good working order?
Check the Circuit Breakers
We’re not electricians, but we do know that breakers can trip when you least expect them. Head on over to the electrical panel and find the breaker for the furnace. Did it trip? If so, reset it and wait for the furnace to begin heating your home. If the breaker trips again, you may have an electrical issue you need to get checked out.
Check the Power
Power outages that happen during the day have fooled many homeowners into thinking their electric or gas furnace has gone to HVAC heaven when that’s simply not the case. Again, this may seem obvious, but if it saves you a wasted HVAC repair service, isn’t it worth a try?
Check the Gas Line
Gas furnaces have a built-in safety mechanism, wherein the gas valve automatically switches off in an emergency. In this case, you should still call an Arlinghaus technician to make sure your home is free of gas leaks. Better safe than sorry!
If none of these steps did the trick for you, it’s time to face the facts: there’s something wrong with your furnace that only a professional is equipped to handle. You know who to call if you find yourself needing an emergency HVAC service!
How Can You Prevent Future Furnace Problems?
Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance.
Although furnaces have come a long way in terms of efficiency and performance, they still require some regular TLC to remain at the top of their game. As a wise homeowner and family member, it’s your duty to make sure that your most important winter appliance is in good shape and ready to handle the cold season.
We’re also available to complete heating replacements and installations from Erlanger, KY, to Cincinnati, OH, and everywhere in between! Reach out to a Happy House team member to schedule an appointment or find out more about upgrading to an energy-efficient HVAC system.