What to Do if You Lose Heat This Winter

In the middle of the winter, your worst nightmare could be losing heat on a cold night. However, if ever do lose heat, don’t immediately panic. Like in all emergency situations, there’s a checklist to run through to make sure your heat loss is an emergency, which means there are a few things you can do to get your heat back on. Keep reading to learn what you should cover on your no-heat checklist.

No-Heat Checklist for Homeowners in Upstate New York

  • Check the batteries of your thermostat. Make sure your thermostat has working batteries and has the function set to “auto” or “heat.” The thermostat will also need to be set above the current temperature of the home.
  • Ensure that no breakers are tripped, and all emergency switches are on. Electrical issues happen and breakers get tripped for safety reasons. Ensure that your furnace or boiler’s breaker is on. Red emergency switches should also be on—these can most often be found at the top of your basement stairs and on your heating unit itself.
  • Make sure you have fuel in your tank by checking your tank gauge. Your fuel tank has a small round sight glass that houses the tank gauge. Check to ensure that you have at least 1/4 of a tank full. If not, call your local Upstate New York fuel delivery provider.
  • Press your heating system’s red reset button one time only—more can be dangerous. You should see a reset button on the side of your home heating system, whether it’s a furnace or a boiler. Press it one time only to see if your furnace or boiler can be reset. If you press it once and it doesn’t work, call your local HVAC provider for service.

Hopefully, this checklist got your heat up and running again, but if you’re still experiencing problems, be sure to give your local NY HVAC provider a call for service.

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