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What to Do If Your Heater Breaks Down

DIY Troubleshooting Tips

As temperatures drop, the last thing you want to be faced with is a broken heating system. Whether you have a furnace, boiler, or heat pump, a broken heater in winter will most likely require immediate repair. However, there are a few things you can check first. Sometimes, if your heater isn't working, it may simply be due to a minor issue that you can resolve yourself.

Before calling for emergency repair, check the following:

  • Thermostat Settings: Ensure your thermostat is set to "heat" mode and the desired temperature is higher than the current room temperature.
  • Circuit Breaker: Verify that the circuit breaker controlling your heating system hasn't tripped. If it has, reset it and see if your heater starts working.
  • Air Filters: A clogged air filter can interfere with the performance of your heater. Check if your air filter is dirty and replace it if necessary.
  • Gas Supply: If you have a gas heater, make sure the gas supply is turned on.
  • Vents and Registers: Ensure all vents and registers are open and unobstructed.

Remember, it's best to call a professional if you're unsure about any of these steps. The team at Donmar Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is always standing by to guide you.

Understanding What Constitutes a Heating Emergency

A heating emergency is not just a matter of discomfort; in the cold winter months, it can also be a safety issue, especially in homes with young children, elderly individuals, or those with health conditions. An emergency situation can arise when your heating system completely fails, causing the indoor temperature to plummet rapidly. Additionally, if it starts behaving abnormally, like tripping circuit breakers repeatedly, producing strange noises, or emitting an unusual smell.

These could be signs of potential hazards like a gas leak or an electrical failure. In such cases, it's crucial to prioritize your safety and call for urgent heating repair. Remember, it's better to call and find out it was a minor issue than to risk the well-being of your household.

What To Do While Waiting for Repair Service

Say you've determined that your heating issue requires professional intervention, and you've arranged for a repair service. What do you do in the interim? After first ensuring that you are not dealing with a safety hazard like a gas leak, you can work to keep the cold from seeping in.

Here are some tips for staying warm when your heating system is on the fritz:

  • Use Portable Heaters: If you have a portable heater, now is the time to use it. Just remember to follow safety guidelines, keeping it away from curtains, furniture, and other flammable items.
  • Dress in Layers: Dressing in layers can help retain body heat. Don't forget gloves, hats, and warm socks.
  • Use Insulated Blankets and Draw Your Curtains Closed: Insulated blankets and closing your curtains can help insulate your home and keep the cold air out.
  • Seal Drafty Windows and Doors: You can seal drafts with weather stripping or even a rolled-up blanket at the base of the door.
  • Stay in One Room: Choose a room in your home to gather, preferably one without many windows. It's easier to keep a small area warm.

Remember, these are temporary measures meant to keep you comfortable until our emergency heating repair team arrives. Always prioritize safety over warmth. If your home becomes dangerously cold, consider relocating to a friend’s house or a hotel.

Dealing with a broken heating system? Reach out to Donmar Heating, Cooling & Plumbing for emergency heating repair.

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