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What to Do When the Heat Quits Out

There will, at some point, a time when the heat in your home goes out. It might be during a power outage or it might be a mechanical problem with your oil or gas furnace. Being prepared for a heat outage will help get you warm again faster – and maybe even fix a simple problem.

When your heat isn’t working the way it should, the first thing to do is to check your thermostat and make sure that it is set to heat mode. Simple, right? You would be surprised how often the settings are off. Another problem might be the batteries (if it’s a programmable thermostat) or if the power went out recently, the timer may just need to be reset.

If resetting the thermostat doesn’t get the heat back on, you should check your circuit breaker to make sure the furnace breaker has not tripped. If the circuit breaker is working, you can cycle the switch once at the furnace itself. The furnace power switch is typically inside or next to the furnace cabinet. Turn off the power and wait a few minutes and turn it back on and wait (one time only)for the furnace to restart.

If the furnace has tripped its safety, you can push the reset button (one time only) and wait for a normal restart. However, if the heat does not come on at this point, you should contact a professional. The problem may be difficult to fix, and repeated resetting of the control system may cause a dangerous situation.

There may be some downtime between the time your heat goes out and when your furnace repair contractor gets it fixed. Once the tech arrives, the tech may have questions about your particular furnace model. The more information you can provide, such as purchase paperwork or warranty, the better.

If you have any doubts or concerns when it comes to your furnace, always act on the safe side so as to avoid any harm to yourself or unnecessary and costly repairs.

Count on Go Green Express Home Services for emergency heating repair in DutchessOrangeUlsterPutnamand Rockland County, NY – including the cities of Kingston, Newburgh, Middletown and Poughkeepsie. Write down our number: (845) 253-4053.