What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Erie Prior to Furnace Repair11/04/2015 It’s the coldest night of the year and you lay in bed shivering. The furnace has yet to turn on. You dread the idea of getting out of your blankets and setting up a furnace repair. Before you find yourself living this awful scenario, there are a few things you can do to avoid and prepare for such a situation. Before Your Furnace Goes Out Schedule Furnace Service An annual furnace service and inspection gives your technician the opportunity to address any small problems before they become a major breakdown. Stock up on Supplies Find a handy area in your home to store an emergency inventory of supplies to keep you warm in case of a breakdown. Some good items to include would be a space heater, blankets and any winter weather wear. You’ll be happy you prepped when the day arrives that you need it. After a Furnace Breakdown Check your Breakers Hopefully the problem is as simple as a blown fuse. A power surge may possibly have tripped your breaker. If you see that your breaker had been tripped, but you’ve flipped the switch and your furnace still isn’t working, give the team at Patterson & Stirling Inc a call for furnace repair. Break into Your Supply Inventory Now is the time you’ll be happy you assembled an emergency warmth stash. Put on those layers and try to continue being as active as possible to keep your body heat up. Safety First We realize you’re cold but using anything other than your furnace to heat your home could be dangerous or deadly. Never use any heating methods that are created for outdoor use such as outdoor grills or kerosene heaters, they create carbon monoxide. If you have a wood stove, an electric space heater or a fireplace, those are all good heating options. We hope you don’t have to deal with a furnace breakdown this season, but if you do the pros at Patterson & Stirling Inc are ready to help. Give us a call at 814-833-5558 or, if it’s easier for you, set up an appointment with us online today.