Almost Sweater Weather? What to Do if Your Heater Breaks Down This Winter

It won't be long before you're pulling out your winter jackets and firing up your heater. Once the cold weather arrives, you'll be depending on your heater to keep you and your family warm. If you don't have a fireplace in your home, your heater will be your only source of warmth during the winter. That's why it's important that you have your heater inspected before you start using it this winter.

Unfortunately, even with the best preventative maintenance, problems can still arise, which could leave you without heat in your home. To make sure you're not left in the cold for too long, it's a good idea to be prepared for the possibility of a heater malfunction. Here are some steps that will help you out if your heater breaks down this winter.

Be Prepared in Advance

If your heater breaks down this winter, you need to be ready to battle the cold. The best way to do that is to create an emergency plan in advance. One of the best things you can have on hand during the winter is an electric space heater. While these aren't the best at heating the entire home, they can take the chill off while you wait for repairs. You should also have insulated gloves for each member of your family, along with thick socks to wear. Finally, store a few extra blankets to hang over the doors and windows to keep the draft out, and the warm air in.

Call Your Repair Technician

During the winter, heating repair companies can get booked up fast. To make sure they get out to your home as soon as possible, call for a service appointment as soon as you realize you have a problem with your heater. Don't try to troubleshoot the problem before you call. That could create a delay that will leave you waiting a few days longer for your service appointment. If your figure out the problem before the technician arrives, you should go ahead and keep your appointment. They may be able to identify a problem that would have caused another breakdown.

Take Precautions

While you're waiting for repairs, you may be tempted to heat your home using devices other than your space heater. You need to take precautions to avoid risks to you and your family. There are some practices that can lead to hazardous conditions. To protect yourself, it's important that you avoid using outdoor barbecues, or your oven to heat your home, as they can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. 

To learn more ways to prepare for the winter season, contact services like HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric.