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What to Do When Your Furnace Goes Out in the Winter?

It’s no secret that your heating system is forced to work for long periods of time during the cold winter months. Extended furnace use can occasionally lead to complete system breakdowns. 

Star Heating & Cooling knows of the dangers and discomfort that can be caused when a furnace breaks down. We want to help you prepare for the worst-case scenario that a furnace breakdown presents. In our latest blog, we’ll share some signs that allude to a potential furnace breakdown, and provide some tips on what to do during a system breakdown.

Warning Signs That Your Furnace Might Go Out

Dry Air

In addition to providing your home with heat, your furnace is responsible for maintaining the humidity levels of your home. If an unexpected drop in air quality suddenly occurs, it could be a sign that your furnace is beginning to wear out. Pay attention to other potential signs to further validate any furnace issues.

Inconsistent Temperatures

Is your home having trouble reaching the temperature that you’ve set on the thermostat? Are some areas of your home warm, while others are significantly cooler? If so, contact a professional to inspect and diagnose your system as quickly as possible. Doing so can prevent disaster from striking.

High Heating Bills

As your heating system becomes less effective, your heating bills will rise quickly. This happens as your heating unit is forced to stay on for longer periods of time in order to reach the set temperature. This is one of the first signs to look for that can indicate a furnace failure. 

How to Stay Safe and Warm Without a Furnace

Staying prepared for a potential emergency will help you respond better to the problem. Purchasing space heaters, for example, is a great way to keep warm until the heating system issue is resolved. You can put the space heater, or portable heater, in a central room and have family members gather around it.

When you have a broken furnace, make sure that any blinds or curtains are closed to keep cold air out of the home. Go room by room and ensure that all windows are closed and that there aren’t any small cracks that could be letting cool air inside the home.

Additionally, if your home has a fireplace, be sure to take advantage of it. Your fireplace should produce enough heat to help your family stay warm for as long as necessary.

What to Do During a Furnace Breakdown

The moment that you notice a lack of heat in your home and suspect an HVAC system breakdown, be sure to contact a professional. Doing so is the best way to ensure that the issue will be fixed as soon as possible. Many heating, air conditioning, and indoor air quality companies even offer 24/7 emergency heating services to ensure that your family isn’t left without the comfort and safety of heat for too long. 

Contact Star Heating & Cooling for Furnace Services

For furnace services that you can depend on, including repairs or replacements, be sure to contact Star Heating & Cooling. Our HVAC technicians will always provide you with the attention and dedication that you deserve. For more information, or to schedule an appointment for heating repair service, reach out to our talented team today.