What to Do If Your MA Home Loses Heat
Winters are cold in Massachusetts, and losing heat in the middle of the season is more than just an inconvenience. If you find that your heat isn’t working, don’t panic right away. Your heating system may not be the problem, and a loss of heat can sometimes be resolved without an emergency call to your HVAC technician. With that said, when you’re in doubt, it’s always best to turn to the experts; but first, let’s take a look at a few reasons why your heat may be out and if you can resolve it without making an emergency call.
What to Check If Your Heat Is Out
Check Your Fuel Tank: If you heat your home with oil, and you get your deliveries on an as-needed basis, check your tank gauge to make sure you’re not on empty. If you’ve had more people in your household lately or if you’re running certain appliances more often, you could go through fuel faster than usual. Running out of fuel completely can pose a serious risk to your home and family, so if your tank is empty, call your oil provider immediately for a fill-up.
Check Your Thermostat: Does your home have a programmable thermostat? Make sure your thermostat is at the desired temperature and the batteries are working. Check that the heating function is on and the cooling function wasn’t switched on by mistake.
Check Your Circuit Breaker: Check to make sure the circuit breaker is on and the breaker for your heating system hasn’t been tripped. If the breaker to your system has been tripped, then reset it. When a circuit breaker trips, it is often for a safety-related reason, so if you reset the breaker and it doesn’t resolve the issue, call an electrician.
Check Your Switches: Confirm that all your emergency switches are switched to the “on” position. This includes the power switch on the side of the heating unit and the emergency switch located near your heating unit or at the top of your basement stairs. If the switches are on and your heat is still not working, press the RESET button only one time. Don’t press it more than once. If you do that and it still doesn’t come on, call Ken Duval for assistance.
If you’ve checked your tank, thermostat, circuit breaker, and emergency switches, and you still don’t have heat, call Ken Duval. Our customers are our top priority, and we look forward to helping you get your heat back on.