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What to Do if your Heater Breaks this Winter

Having your heater break during the winter can be inconvenient, uncomfortable, and even dangerous.  When the temperatures are low, no one wants a home without heat.  FLAME offers emergency service 24/7 in order to help you and your family if your furnace does break down this winter.  However, the good news is that if your heat stops working there are a couple of things you can check on your own first before calling a heating and cooling company:

  • Did you blow a fuse?  Check the electrical panel to make sure that this is not the reason for the loss of heat.  This can be a simple problem to fix by either resetting the breaker or getting a new fuse.
  • Check the pilot light.  Is it still lit?  If not, re-lighting the pilot light might do the trick.  Also, check to make sure the gas valve is still open.
  • Did it snow recently?  If you have a high efficiency furnace don’t forget to check for blockage in the PVC intake and outtake pipes along the side of the house.  If you find any, try to clear it out to the best of your abilities and see if that helps the heater.
  • Make sure the furnace and thermostat are set to “heat.”
  • The problem could be with the thermostat and not the furnace.  Try playing around with a few different temperatures to see if that helps anything.

It is good to remember that having regular heating maintenance will help to prevent major issues from arising during the heating season.  If, after trying the above tips, your heater is still not working, do not hesitate to contact FLAME!  FLAME will help with your residential heating repairs during regular service hours or during their emergency service hours.

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