A home heating problem can be more than just a simple inconvenience. If your furnace fails during the night while everyone is sleeping, it may go unnoticed until the morning, which increases the risk of the pipes freezing and other damages. Arranging for routine maintenance is the best way to prevent a home heating emergency. However, emergencies do happen, so being prepared in case there is a breakdown will help keep your family safe until your technician for emergency furnace repair West Chicago IL arrives. The following tips will help keep your family warm and safe while you are waiting.

Check Power

Upon discovering that the furnace has stopped working, first verify whether or not you have lost power. Check the other appliances and/or lighting in your home to determine if there is a power failure. If the other appliances are operating, check the circuit breaker to make sure the furnace circuit has not tripped. If this is not the case and there are no other apparent reasons, contact us for emergency repair service immediately.

Alternate Heating Source

If you have access to other heating sources, such as a fireplace, wood stove or space heater, assemble your family members together in the room where the heat source is located. Close off unoccupied areas in the house to conserve the heat you do have. Gas powered heat sources can generate carbon monoxide fumes, so if you have a gas fireplace or gas-fired heat stove, make sure your carbon monoxide detector is plugged in and operational.

The Oven is For Baking

It is highly recommended that you not use the oven as a primary heat source, but you can bake some cookies while you’re waiting. This will help warm the kitchen area, but leaving the stove on a high heat for long periods of time may not be safe, especially when you leave the door open in order for the heat to escape.

If the furnace goes out during the daytime and the sun is shining, open the curtains on all south facing windows and the sun will provide some heat. Encourage your family to be physically active while waiting on the technician because it will help them stay warm.

Contact Blue Frost Heating & Cooling  as soon as you discover your furnace has quit working. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.