What To Do If Your Heat Goes Out This Winter?


At Mount Washington Heating & Cooling, we understand how important seasonal furnace upkeep is and how big a responsibility it can be for homeowners. One of the worst things that can happen is losing heat in the middle of winter, and nobody wants that. Unfortunately, life happens though, even when we think we are ahead of the game. So, to make light out of these dark situations, the guide we have provided below will provide a few tips and tricks for you this winter season:

Have You Checked for a Gas Leak?

The first thing you should check for is a gas leak before doing anything else. This is very important for several reasons, mainly being you and your family’s safety. If you conclude that there may be a gas leak in your home, take your family and any pets in the house and exit the home immediately. Then, call your gas company as soon as you and your loved ones are safe and have them repair and clear the home for signs of gas leaks before returning to your home. 

How Do You Troubleshoot a Furnace?

With the worry of gas leaks out of the way, you can now move forward to troubleshooting your home’s furnace:

  1. Is your pilot light off? Check out the pilot light in your furnace. It may have blown out without notice, and the solution may be as easy as reigniting the pilot light. 
  2. Next, you will want to inspect your home’s electrical breaker. Frequently when homeowners experience this issue, it is due to the breaker switching off when they’re away from home or in the middle of the night when they are asleep.
  3. The last common issue that gets overlooked often is the home’s thermostat. If the thermostat is not displaying or powering on, it could be the reason why your furnace is not cycling. But dont worry, Replacing the old batteries with a new pair may fix your problem.

How Do You Keep Warm?

Unfortunately, when your furnace breaks down, it is typically right when you need it the most. If you’re struggling to heat your home in the dead of winter, call your local HVAC professionals like the ones at Mount Washington Heating & Cooling to troubleshoot all or your heating issues immediately. Be that as it may, you might have a period of time waiting for a technician to reach your home. In the meantime, it would be best to have a backup plan to make sure your family stays warm. First and foremost, you will want you and your loved ones to bundle up in layers of the comfiest, coziest clothing and blankets they own. Next, if your home has a wood-burning fireplace, make sure to stock up a small portion of firewood for this purpose. Fireplaces are an excellent choice to ensure everyone stays warm in one common area.

When Is It Time To Call a Service Professional?

If, after going through all of the steps above and the issues with your furnace still persist, we suggest calling your local HVAC contractor. Mount Washington Heating & Cooling are always happy to help, no matter the size or scope of the job. The standard troubleshooting listed above should help with common fixes you can do on your own, but all in all, we recommend leaving the diagnostics and repairs to the professionals. 

We hope this blog provides you with some insight and helpful tips for developing a plan if your furnace goes out this winter. Although there are only a couple of weeks left of the winter season, anything is possible, especially with the inevitable weather conditions we experience here in Ohio. If you have not performed maintenance or tune-ups on your furnace this year, or you need emergency furnace repairs, please get in touch with our HVAC professionals at Mount Washington Heating & Cooling today! You can reach us at (513) 655-5115, or schedule an appointment online by clicking here!

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