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What To Do When Your Heating System Fails

December 13, 2012

Has your house become Bumble the abominable snow monster’s lair with a broken heating system this winter? Don’t be stuck shivering for the holidays. In all seriousness, if your home heating system fails, here is some important information you should know about what to do, and how to be comfy cozy in your home again as quick as possible.

1. Check the power. A lot of times, the power may be shut off. Call the power company to verify outages and confirm estimated time for the power to be back on.

2. Flip the breakers for the furnace/heating system. A fuse could have blown and need replacing or the circuit breakers may just need resetting.

3. Reset the thermostat. Confirm that it’s not malfunctioning and reset the temperature. Turn it down, then back up and see if anything changes.

4. Inspect the furnace / heating system, (OR skip to step 9).

5. Check the furnace ignition, combustion, and blower operation. If it’s not lighting, that may be the point to call the pros in for repair.

6. Check and replace the air filters and clean the electrostatic filters. Sometimes a clogged filter may trigger an automatic shutdown, so cleaning it and restarting the furnace may work.

7. Check everything else. Other problems may be with the exhaust vent system, obstructions in the ductwork, or other parts of the furnace. Don’t take it apart. If nothing is obvious, at this point it’s probably be best to:

8. Get your furnace and heating system inspected by a professional. Call Mathers Mechanical at 240-394-0194 or schedule a servicing online at With our 24/7 emergency service, one of our experienced team of HVAC technicians can be there quickly to help you out

9. Get repairs or replacements. We’ll will provide an estimate and recommendations for the best approach to getting your heating system back up and running or a new one installed as soon as possible. If there is a wait for parts or products, we will let you know so you can get to a warmer house in the meantime.

10. Continue monitoring throughout the year with preventive maintenance and semi-annual inspections. Really, this is what to do before your heating system fails to avoid the costly inconvenience of a breakdown. It’s the smart way to ensure a longer life for your heating system and a cozier, healthier winter season for you and your family.

Contact Mathers Mechanical today for an heating system inspection or repair to put your mind at ease for the holidays.

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