Keeping warm under a blanket when the heat is out

What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Beaverton Prior to Furnace Repair

You’re in the middle of the most frigid week of winter and you wake up trembling 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 predestined to suffer until morning to arrange furnace repair, but there are a couple things you can take a look at, as well as a few 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.
  • 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 warm while your furnace isn’t running. It might seem annoying or unnecessary now, but it will come in handy when you need it most.

After You Suspect Your Furnace Quit Running:

  • Check the circuit breaker. There’s a chance that the breaker to your furnace may have been tripped by a power surge or for another reason. If this occurs, 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 working, give us a call to schedule an appointment for furnace repair.
  • Add layers 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 to do to keep your blood pumping, as more 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 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 best bets.

No one wants to deal with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has stopped working, but the possibility is real if you don’t take the correct steps. Give the pros at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. a call at 503-848-3838 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services available or any other number of heating questions. Or if you’d rather, arrange an appointment online today.