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Heat stops working in Winter – What to do?

Heat is a basic necessity in winter, especially in colder countries so it can be a nerve racking experience. Stop panicking and get something warm to wear. 🙂 Then the real work begins. Depending on where you live and what heating system you have, begin troubleshooting. Disclaimer: Use caution when working with electricity and gas! 🙂

In my house, I have a gas furnace in my basement. Being a new home owner, I am less experienced with these matters but I would like to impart my two cents.

  1. Firstly rush to the thermostat to check if heater is on. If it is turned on then check if it is at the correct temperature. If not, then change the temperature and you are all set. Ignore everything else and go on about your day.
  2. If step 1 failed, check if any of the switches tripped in the main switch box or main switch area. If you find the furnace switch off, then turn it on (Use discretion because there could be something electrically wrong with your furnace as well). Turn the switch on and wait to see if your heat starts working again.
  3. If step 2 failed or is not applicable, hurry to furnace room in the basement or where ever it is located. Identify the furnace. This is the most important part because without knowing where the furnace is, it will be very difficult to troubleshoot this issue.
  4. See if the pilot is turned on. Pilot is the area of the furnace that flames up when the temperature goes down. A gas heater typically pumps the warm air from the pilot into the house through ducts that are strategically installed in the rooms of the house. Refer to the manual or online resources to have it lit up.
  5. If all else fails, call a handyman or service professional to get it fixed. Good luck!