What To Do When the Heat Goes Out

Call it Murphy’s Law, or maybe just a little misfortune, but we sometimes see heat pump troubles in West Columbia during the winter time, when they’re required to keep you comfortable. While you know the team at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. will always be there ASAP when you need us for a heat pump repair, there are some things you can do to ensure a repair is needed and save yourself some cash if it’s not. We’ve collected this checklist of things to test before you give us a call.

  1. It may sound ridiculous, but make sure everything is switched “on”. We’ve been to several calls only to discover the thermostat or the heat pump itself is set to off.
    • Inspect your thermostat to guarantee it’s on, fixed to the appropriate temperature and isn’t set to cool.
    • Then try swapping out the battery, if it has one.
    • If everything looks accurate, check your furnace switch (check your manual if you’re hesitant about where it is) and test your fuses and circuit breaker.
    • Make sure your gas is on.
  2. If the furnace still hasn’t switched on, go back to your thermostat.
    • If it’s a programmable model, confirm that it’s revealing the proper time. If it thinks it’s morning when it’s really night, it may not kick your heat on because it doesn’t understand that you’re home.
  3. Is an obstruction causing your furnace to fail?
    • Inspect your air filters to confirm they’re not clogging things up.
    • Do you have any blocked ducts, vents or cool air intakes?
    • Are all supply registers exposed?
    • Is your exhaust flue unobstructed?

If you’ve worked through this checklist and you’re still deprived of heat, call Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. at 803-265-4208 or arrange an appointment online and we’ll get your home back to the welcoming and cozy place it should be.

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