Steps to Take When the Heat Goes Out

Apr 14, 2021 | Furnace, Heating, HVAC

With Ohio weather getting as cold as it does, the last thing we need is to lose heat.

Whether there’s a power outage, or you experience a furnace malfunction of some sort, losing heat can be a nightmare!

Because of this, our team of local NATE-certified home heating technicians here at Cincinnati Premier Heating & Cooling suggest the following:

Tips for Southwest Ohio Area Homeowners Who’ve Lost Heat:

Check Power First

If you’re having a power outage, the first thing you need to do is contact your power provider. The sooner you call, the better, so don’t delay. Moreover, because many of these power companies restore power where they’re getting the most reports from first, it’s a good idea to call even when you know that neighbors have done so already.

With that said, if your heat goes out and you still have power in your home, make sure your furnace is turned on and make sure it still has power running to it. Check your fuses, switches and breakers.

Consider your thermostat

Once you’ve checked your power, if the problem is still there check your thermostat, making sure it has power and it’s working like it should.

Open it and make sure to clean any dust inside and test it by raising the temperature a few notches to see if it makes the system turn on.

Additionally, you might test its accuracy using a thermometer. If your thermostat still isn’t working correctly, give us a call. We are always more than happy to help.

Check airflow

When furnace filters get dirty and need changed, they can hinder airflow or block it altogether. Because of this air filters should be checked regularly during the winter. If the filter becomes dirty or clogged, home heating equipment won’t run like it needs to, if at all. In some homes, some furnaces have a safety feature that shuts the unit down when air filters clog up. Finally, make sure all your home’s air registers and air vents are open with nothing in the way that could hinder airflow.

Check gas valve

If your furnace is powered by gas, make sure it’s not an issue with your gas valve. Make sure this valve is open all the way at all times to provide your unit with all the fuel it needs to heat your residence. Additionally, experts suggest also checking the gas control valve inside the unit. Make sure it is also open. 

Because gas furnaces are dangerous, if at any point you smell the faintest hint of gas or anything that smells remotely like gas, stop what you’re doing. Vacate the structure immediately without touching any light switches or fixtures and without using your cellphone. Once you get outside the home at a distance, call the gas company right away to notify them you suspect you have a gas leak near your furnace. They will give you instructions from there. In any case, don’t go back inside for anything until help gets there.

Still having problems with your home heating system?

If you’ve lost heat in your Southwest Ohio area home and you need a local, reputable HVAC technician you can trust and afford to check your heating equipment when the power is restored — call Cincinnati Premier Heating & Cooling at (513) 216-5712.