What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Hattiesburg 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 leave yourself in a scenario like this where it feels like you’re doomed to suffer until morning to schedule furnace repair, but there are a couple things you can check, as well as a handful of things you can do, to stay ahead of the game and prep for a situation like this. Before You Experience Problems: Furnace service. Cold nights and furnace repair can’t always be avoided, but having annual furnace service completed can help you avert a chilly situation. Pull together supplies. Create 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 could seem bothersome or unnecessary now, but it will be nice when you need it most. After You Suspect Your Furnace Quit Running: Check the circuit breaker. There’s a chance that the breaker to your furnace may have been tripped by a power surge or for a different reason. If this happens, flip the breaker back on and you may be set. If the breaker is tripped and you have switched it back on but your furnace still isn’t operating, give us a call to schedule an appointment for furnace repair. Add layers 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 comfortable while waiting for your expert. Also, try to find an activity to do to keep your blood pumping, as more activity can help keep you comfortable. 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 developed for outdoor use – i.e. kerosene heaters, grills, or any other carbon monoxide producing methods. If you need to use a secondary method, electric space heaters, fireplaces or wood stoves are your best bets. No one wants to deal with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has gone out, but the opportunity is real if you don’t take the right steps. Give the experts at Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 601-268-3486 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services offered or any other number of heating questions. Or if you’d rather, arrange an appointment online today.