What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Charlottesville Prior to Furnace Repair11/04/2015 It’s the coldest night of the season and you wake up shivering. The furnace has yet to turn on. You abhor the thought of getting out of your blankets and scheduling a furnace repair. Prior to finding yourself living this horrible scenario, there are a few things you can do to avoid and prepare for such a situation. Before Your Furnace Goes Out Schedule Furnace Service Regular furnace service and inspection gives your technician the opportunity to address any minor issues before they become a major breakdown. Stock up on Supplies Find an easily accessible area in your home to assemble an emergency stash of supplies to keep you warm in case of a breakdown. Some smart items to have would be a space heater, blankets and any winter weather wear. You’ll be happy you prepped when the day arrives that you need it. After a Furnace Breakdown Check your Breakers Hopefully the problem is as simple as a blown fuse. A power surge may possibly have tripped your breaker. If you notice that your breaker had been tripped, but you’ve flipped the switch and your furnace still isn’t working, give the team at Beck Cohen a call for furnace repair. Break into Your Supply Inventory Now is the time you’ll be happy you assembled an emergency warmth stash. Drape yourself in layers and try to stay as active as possible to raise your body heat. Safety First We realize you’re cold but using anything other than your furnace to heat your home could be risky or deadly. Never use any heating methods that are designed for outdoor use such as outdoor grills or kerosene heaters, they form carbon monoxide. If you have a wood stove, an electric space heater or a fireplace, those are all safe heating options. Ideally you won’t have to deal with a furnace breakdown this season, but if you do the pros at Beck Cohen are ready to help. Give us a call at 434-296-0129 or, if it’s easier for you, set up an appointment with us online today.