In the greater Woburn, Massachusetts area, winters can be tough on you and your home. With average lows in the 20s, below freezing temperatures can put boilers, furnaces and water heaters at risk of failing, leaving you with a home heating emergency.
As complete home heating professionals, we at Addario’s know that if your home heating system is going to quit working, it’s going to happen on the coldest day of the year. We want to help you stay warm this winter no matter what, so here are some top tips on what to do if a home heating emergency happens to you:
- Check your thermostat: The first thing to check if your heat goes out is the simplest – your thermostat. The problem could be as easy as it needs new batteries or needs to be restarted. Make sure its setting is accurate too. If it says 75 degrees but it feels like 50, there’s clearly a problem that needs professional attention.
- Check the filter: It’s wise to replace air filters on a monthly basis and if you skip a month or two, these can block your heating ducts. Over time, dust and debris build up and can make it very difficult for your heat to reach your home. If you can hear your boiler or furnace working but there’s no heat, check your filter.
- Circuit breakers: If you have an electric furnace, it could quit due to a tripped circuit. Make sure to check your circuit breaker or switch box. The furnace should be marked, but it’s typically one of the larger switches.
- Call a professional: When DIY efforts don’t bring your heat back, it’s best to call a professional heating expert. Working on furnaces, boilers and water heaters can be dangerous without expert training, and a pro can determine the most cost effective solution. Instead of a complete replacement, the problem could be as simple as a dysfunctional pilot light or bad electrical connection.
While no one wants to think they’ll run out of heat, it’s best to have a professional you can trust ready to fix any home heating emergency quickly. To find out more about home heating solutions in the greater Woburn, Massachusetts area, give Addario’s Plumbing a call today.