What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Crystal Lake Prior to Furnace Repair11/04/2015You’re in the middle of the most bitter week of winter and you wake up shivering 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 end up in a situation like this where it feels like you’re destined to suffer until morning to schedule furnace repair, but there are a couple things you can inspect, as well as a handful of things you can do, to stay ready and prep for a predicament like this. Before You Experience Problems: Furnace service. Frigid 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. 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 toasty while your furnace isn’t working. It could seem bothersome or unnecessary now, but it will be a relief 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 may have been tripped by a power surge or for some other reason. If this happens, turn the breaker back on and you might be set. If the breaker is turned off and you have switched it back on but your furnace still isn’t running, give us a call to set up an appointment for furnace repair. Layer on and get cozy. That handful of supplies we recommended above will come in handy here. Layers can help you keep your body heat so you can stay cozy while waiting for your technician. Also, try to find an activity to do to keep your blood pumping, as increased activity can help keep you warm. Stay safe. Employing something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose some danger depending on the method you’re choosing. 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 an alternate method, electric space heaters, fireplaces or wood stoves are your best bets. No one wants to put up with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has gone out, but the probability is real if you don’t take the right steps. Give the team at Campbell's Tempracure a call at 815-788-6283 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, schedule an appointment online today.