What Should I Do If I Lose Heat This Winter?

Your home heating system is on the job for two thirds of the year hear in Long Island, so it’s no surprise that from time to time you’ll have an issue with your heat—especially if you have older equipment in your residence.

But before you contact a technician for heating repairs, it’s a good idea to do a little troubleshooting to potentially save yourself the cost of a house call. In many cases, your problem may be something that you can correct yourself. 

No Heat Checklest

If you lose your heat, take these steps before you call for service:

  1. Make sure you have heating oil in your tank. Check the gauge to ensure that is—or isn’t—the case. If you don’t, schedule a heating oil delivery immediately.
  2. Make sure the temperature on your thermostat is set at least five degrees above the current room temperature, and the system switch is on the HEAT or AUTO position. The fan switch should be set to ON for continuous airflow or AUTO.
  3. Check all power switches.
  4. Check all fuses/circuit breakers.
  5. Check the pilot light, if your system has one

Still Don’t Have Heat? Do These 3 Things

If you take all of the above steps and your heat still doesn’t work, contact a technician to diagnose the problem and to make it right as quickly as possible. In the meantime:

The best way to prevent a no-heat emergency is to get routine maintenance!

Of course, the best way to deal with an emergency is to avoid it in the first place. That’s why we recommend our comprehensive Gold Service Plan, which includes an annual tune-up, automatic heating oil delivery, heating repair discounts, and more. Contact us today to learn more.

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