What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Excelsior Springs Prior to Furnace Repair11/04/2015You’re in the middle of the coldest week of winter and you wake up shaking 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 situation like this where it feels like you’re predestined to suffer until morning to arrange furnace repair, but there are a few things you can take a look at, as well as a handful of things you can do, to stay ready and prepare for a scenario 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 have a better chance at averting a chilly situation. Compile 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 working. It may seem annoying or unnecessary now, but it will be nice 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 might have been tripped by a power surge or for another reason. If this is the case, flip the breaker back on and you may be set. If the breaker is turned off and you have turned it back on but your furnace still isn’t working, give us a call to schedule 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 retain body heat so you can stay cozy while waiting for your pro. Also, try to find something active 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 potential danger depending on the method you’re choosing. It’s important to remember to never utilize 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 put up with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has quit running, but the probability is real if you don’t take the correct steps. Give the pros at Colvin's Inc a call at 816-630-2702 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, set up an appointment online today.