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Our Emergency Heater Breakdown FAQ

A heater breakdown is something that you never went to face, yet you want to be prepared in case it does happen. But what should you do to prepare for a heater breakdown in the middle of winter? We have some frequently asked questions about heater breakdowns that we are answering below. 

These are our best tips for preparing in advance for a heater breakdown. Best case scenario, you won’t have to use these tips. Worst case scenario, you can give our team a call for heating repair in Newtown, PA. Keep reading to learn more about what to do so that you and your family can be prepared in the case of a heater breakdown this holiday season.

What should I do first when my heater breaks down?

The first step following a heater breakdown is to turn off the power to your Trane heater as a safety precaution. Then give our team a call to schedule your emergency heater appointment. Keep in mind that depending on how busy the season is, it may be a couple of days before we can make it out to your house. 

Even after that initial assessment, we may have to order parts for your heater, so you may have a little while that you need to stay warm in between when your heater breaks down and when we are able to repair it and get it working again. Follow the rest of our tips below for what to do in the meantime.

How can I stay warm while I wait for service? 

We recommend keeping at least one small space heater handy in your home, just in case your Trane heater ever breaks down. Hopefully, you will never have to use it. But if your heater does break down, you won’t be scrambling to get to a hardware store and purchase a space heater. As winter goes on, supplies may run low, so it is better to purchase one now rather than putting it off for later.

A space heater will not keep your entire house warm, but it can do a good job of keeping a single room warm. You and your family may have to bundle up together with warm clothes and blankets. You can also purchase additional space heaters for separate rooms of your home. 

However, we recommend that you never leave a space heater turned on and unattended. It’s also important to only plug in a single space heater to one wall outlet. When you have a space heater operating it is also important to maintain three feet of space around each unit.

How can I keep this from happening again? 

There’s no way to prevent all heater problems completely. However, you can stay ahead of them by scheduling a heating tune-up annually for your Trane heater. You can either schedule the appointment at the end of the winter season before you turn your heater off for summer or you can schedule it in the fall right before the heating season. 

A maintenance appointment is an opportunity for our team to take a look at your heater and fix anything that is beginning to go wrong. This is the best way to prevent a heater breakdown from happening again in the future. A tune-up can also extend the lifespan of your heater so it can last longer and work more efficiently. 

Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling does what’s right for our customers. Schedule an appointment today for heating service.

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