What’s worse than braving a bitter-cold winter to get back to your home? Walking into your home and finding that the heater is broken.
Although many homes and buildings are equipped with powerful heating furnaces, a breakdown is known to happen from time to time, and it’s certainly most inconvenient when it’s during a particularly cold winter season.
Fortunately, there are a line of steps you can take to determine the severity of your heater’s breakdown. If you find yourself in this situation, make sure to go through this helpful checklist to check all of our bases.
- First and foremost, never attempt to fix your heater on your own. These machines are meant to be installed and repaired by licensed technicians. You will risk damaging it even further or worse, injuring yourself.
- Before assuming something’s wrong with your heater, make sure that your thermostat is on and operating. Try adjusting it to see if anything changes.
- The next immediate culprit could be that a fuse was blown. Make sure to check your fuse box to make sure it’s on and working properly.
- If your heater is non-electric, you may need to reignite the pilot light.
- The issue could also be that something is obstructing the piping around your home. Go outside and check the PVC pipes to make sure that nothing is in the way.
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After you’ve checked these items and your heater issue persists, your best bet is to call a technician to assess the issue and repair it. In the meantime, to stay as warm as possible and to avoid your plumbing pipes freezing over, use these temporary solutions until your heater is back up and running.
- Light a fire in your fireplace. If you don’t have one in your home, purchase an electric heater.
- Make sure everything is insulated. Seal your doors and make sure all windows and entryways are shut.
- Bundle up. Gather your warm clothes and blankets. Electric blankets provide even more warmth.
Always remember that regular maintenance is the best preventative measure you can take. Contact Service 1 Plumbing, Heating, & AC Inc. to set up an appointment with one of our skilled technicians to make sure that you stay warm all winter long.