What to Do When Your Furnace Breaks | Controlled Comfort

When it’s snowing outside and you’re trying to get your home ready for the holidays, a broken furnace is the worst possible situation. If your furnace has gone out this winter, don’t panic! There are a few easy fixes you can check for yourself, but emergency furnace services are always available from Controlled Comfort. Our trusted specialists are trained to heat things up as quickly and safely as possible!

What to Do When Your Furnace Goes Out

Make sure to call Controlled Comfort as soon as possible to schedule 24/7 furnace repair in Omaha, NE and the surrounding areas, as winter is a hectic time for HVAC technicians. If the temperature in your house is dropping, try these fixes that don’t require tools or professional experience.

  • Check your thermostat to see if it’s out of batteries or was accidentally switched from “heat” to “cool.” Make sure the vents in your home are open and all your breakers are turned to “on.”
  • Turn off the furnace with the switch before checking to see if the flame is on. If it’s yellow, the issue might be that the burner is dirty.
  • See if the gas valve is open or the blower panel isn’t shut all the way. If someone did a repair and forgot to turn the valve or shut the panel, your furnace won’t work.
  • Change your air filter. Filters should be changed every one to three months, as they can drastically cut down on proper airflow when clogged with dust and debris.

Stay Warm without Heat

If the heat doesn’t restart once you’ve checked your thermostat and filter, don’t worry! After calling for emergency furnace repairs, complete the following steps to stay as warm as possible without heat.

  • Flip the switches on your ceiling fans to the opposite direction. This little-known trick will force the heat back down into the room while continuing to circulate air.
  • Open your cabinet doors to expose and/or insulate pipes. If your furnace is out for over a day, disconnect the water to prevent your plumbing from freezing.
  • Close the doors to rooms you aren’t using, such as guest rooms and basements, and stay in the fewest possible number of rooms.
  • If parts of your home are drafty, place rolled-up towels or washcloths in these spaces, especially around windows and doors.
  • Use space heaters and candles to warm up any cold areas. Just be sure to pay attention to them, as they can become fire hazards if left unattended.
  • Dress warmly and use as many blankets as you need.
  • Minimize opening doors outside.
  • Put rugs on hardwood floors to help insulate the room.

Leave the Heavy Lifting to the Professionals

In the end, the best solution is to call your HVAC specialists and have them come as soon as possible—there’s a reason we have special training! If the problem is more serious than a bumped thermostat, let a professional handle the job. Serious issues like gas and carbon monoxide leaks, fires, and even explosions can occur if you try to fix the problem yourself. Not to mention, you risk the possibility of having an irreparable furnace, which will require much more expensive repairs. You should also keep in mind that even minor repairs by unlicensed individuals can completely void your furnace’s warranty.

For a smoother experience, prepare next year with our tips on pre-winter furnace maintenance. Easy DIY steps can save you time, hassle, and money while making sure you don’t have to worry about bundling up indoors.

Call Controlled Comfort, Omaha’s locally-owned and experienced HVAC contractor, for all your HVAC needs. Give us a call today!