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Stuck in the Cold? What to Do When Your Furnace Breaks Down

Posted on March 3, 2011Rick Welter

Freezing PersonAlthough we may be seeing signs of spring, here in the Twin Cities furnace weather is guaranteed to last at least another month or two.  So what happens when you wake up and, after a few minutes in a cold bathroom and a cold kitchen, realize that your furnace isn’t working. You’re cold, and now you may be angry, too. What should you do?

  • First, check the power. Is the electricity out in the rest of the house? Remember, your furnace needs electricity to run, just like your refrigerator and your microwave. If it’s out, call your electric company and see how long it will be until power is restored. You would be surprised by the number of repair requests we get from people who either don’t realize their power is out or who think that their furnace can run without electricity.
  • Second, check the air filter. It may have clogged, automatically triggering a shut-down. If that’s the case all you need to do is get a new filter and start the furnace up again.
  • Third, call a repair technician. If it’s a newer furnace, chances are the problem is minor. A repair professional will know how to access all the tubes that can get clogged with condensation and connections that may have corroded. He will also be able to inspect for larger problems like broken motors and belts.
  • Decide if the repair is worth it. Many repairs cost less than $400 because they involve simple tune-ups and inexpensive replacement parts. Some, though, will run more than $1,000. At that point, you should consider a new furnace – especially a high-efficiency furnace, which will help the environment and keep heating bills down over the long term. Any new furnace is a big investment, so most furnace sellers (including us, of course!) offer financing options.
  • If you have to wait for a repair or installation…stay warm by using a fireplace (if you have one), wearing layers, running space heaters, and drinking hot liquids. Repair professionals like we have at Welter Heating and Air Conditioning are committed to repairing and installing furnaces as quickly as possible.

At Welter Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer 24-hour emergency service during heating season, and all parts and service are guaranteed. Call us at 612-825-6867 for emergency service or to schedule a repair.

You can extend the life of your furnace by following these five easy gas furnace maintenance tips.

Sign up for regular “Welter My Shelter” heating and air conditioning tips.

One comment on “Stuck in the Cold? What to Do When Your Furnace Breaks Down
  1. Excellent article, very informative. I look foward to more like this.

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Stuck in the Cold? What to Do When Your Furnace Breaks Down

Posted on March 3, 2011Rick Welter

Freezing PersonAlthough we may be seeing signs of spring, here in the Twin Cities furnace weather is guaranteed to last at least another month or two.  So what happens when you wake up and, after a few minutes in a cold bathroom and a cold kitchen, realize that your furnace isn’t working. You’re cold, and now you may be angry, too. What should you do?

  • First, check the power. Is the electricity out in the rest of the house? Remember, your furnace needs electricity to run, just like your refrigerator and your microwave. If it’s out, call your electric company and see how long it will be until power is restored. You would be surprised by the number of repair requests we get from people who either don’t realize their power is out or who think that their furnace can run without electricity.
  • Second, check the air filter. It may have clogged, automatically triggering a shut-down. If that’s the case all you need to do is get a new filter and start the furnace up again.
  • Third, call a repair technician. If it’s a newer furnace, chances are the problem is minor. A repair professional will know how to access all the tubes that can get clogged with condensation and connections that may have corroded. He will also be able to inspect for larger problems like broken motors and belts.
  • Decide if the repair is worth it. Many repairs cost less than $400 because they involve simple tune-ups and inexpensive replacement parts. Some, though, will run more than $1,000. At that point, you should consider a new furnace – especially a high-efficiency furnace, which will help the environment and keep heating bills down over the long term. Any new furnace is a big investment, so most furnace sellers (including us, of course!) offer financing options.
  • If you have to wait for a repair or installation…stay warm by using a fireplace (if you have one), wearing layers, running space heaters, and drinking hot liquids. Repair professionals like we have at Welter Heating and Air Conditioning are committed to repairing and installing furnaces as quickly as possible.

At Welter Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer 24-hour emergency service during heating season, and all parts and service are guaranteed. Call us at 612-825-6867 for emergency service or to schedule a repair.

You can extend the life of your furnace by following these five easy gas furnace maintenance tips.

Sign up for regular “Welter My Shelter” heating and air conditioning tips.

One comment on “Stuck in the Cold? What to Do When Your Furnace Breaks Down
  1. Excellent article, very informative. I look foward to more like this.

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