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 issues in Mechanicsville during the winter time, when they’re necessary to keep you comfortable. While you know the team at M & S Heating & Air LLC will constantly be there ASAP when you ask for us for a heat pump repair, there are some things you can do to double check a repair is necessary and save yourself some expenses if it’s not. We’ve gathered this checklist of things to test before you give us a call.

  1. It may sound silly, 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 make sure it’s on, set to the appropriate temperature and isn’t fixed to cool.
    • Then try replacing the battery, if it has one.
    • If everything looks correct, check your furnace switch (check your manual if you’re unsure where it is) and check your fuses and circuit breaker.
    • Make sure your gas is on.
  2. If the furnace still hasn’t kicked on, return to your thermostat.
    • If it’s a programmable model, make certain that it’s showing the proper time. If it thinks it’s morning when it’s in fact 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 breakdown?
    • Inspect your air filters to ensure they’re not jamming things up.
    • Do you have any blocked ducts, vents or cool air entries?
    • Are all supply registers exposed?
    • Is your exhaust flue clear?

If you’ve gone through this checklist and you’re still without heat, call M & S Heating & Air LLC at 301-363-4699 or arrange an appointment online and we’ll get your home back to the warm and cozy place it should be.

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