Furnace Emergency Solutions
Is your furnace being uncooperative, or are you stuck without heat on a cold Delmarva winter night? Don’t stress out or freeze! There are things you can do, both on your own and with the help of a pro. Follow along with the heating experts at Peninsula while we go over some basic furnace troubleshooting, and failing that what to do to stay warm while you wait on our emergency service team!
Simple Furnace Troubleshooting
In many cases a furnace problem can be pretty simplistic and small. Minor user error, an easy fix—if things like these are the problem you certainly don’t want to shell out for a repair call. Check these first:
- Check your settings. First off be certain that your furnace is set to “heat” mode, and that the thermostat is on the right temperature settings. We know, it seems silly, but it can be very easy to bump your thermostat and never notice.
- Ensure the breaker is engaged. If your furnace is completely failing to respond check your circuit panel to ensure your breaker is in the “on” setting. If it isn’t, try to re engage it. If it stays, you should be all good. But if it trips again, you’ll be needing furnace repair.
- Look at your furnace filter. Constricted air flow is one of the most common problems a furnace can encounter, and if the filter is grungy bad air flow is exactly what you’ve got.
- Listen for unusual noises. The sounds your furnace is making can tell you a lot about what’s going on in there. Most odd sounds mean calling an expert, but a few can indicate easy to fix issues you can handle solo.
- Check the pilot light. If yours is a gas furnace be sure to check the pilot light. Is it lit? Is it burning blue (which it should be)? An off or misbehaving pilot means zero heat.
What to Do If You Have to Wait
If homeowner troubleshooting proves ineffective, you’ve only got one more thing to do: call on Peninsula for emergency furnace repair! We offer complete 24 hour services to our Delaware and Maryland clients, so no matter the day or time you needn’t stress. You just need to stay warm while our pros are on the way! And here’s how to do it:
- Throw on socks, shoes, hats, and gloves. The human body loses warmth from any exposed skin, so be sure to bundle up as soon as possible.
- Close doors and closets. Normally we don’t recommend closing doors in your home, but right now you want your chosen hang-out to stay as toasty as possible. Keep the heat in by closing doors and blocking any openings.
- If you have one, hang out on the second floor. Heat rises, so the second floor is far more likely to keep warm for longer. And you shouldn’t have to wait for long!
- Keep a space heater. We’re not very fond of space heaters, but if there ever was a time for one this is it.
- Have an early dinner. The oven generates tons of heat, as does a range or stovetop. Get to cooking! The warm food will help, too.
Furnace having trouble? Call the emergency service experts at Peninsula by dialing 302-629-3001 now!