When your furnace breaks, you have to find another quick way to make yourself comfortable and stay warm. However, to avoid those situations, you also need to know some warning signs that tell you a furnace is just about to break.
Sings That Your Furnace Is Just About to Break Down
- Wrong color of the flame.
If you see that the flame is getting inconsistent, beware. That signalizes that carbon monoxide is leaking, which is dangerous. Make sure that the flame is strong, steady and blue. No yellow or flickering flame is normal.
- Uneven heating.
When you notice that it’s getting warmer in your bedroom, but the other rooms are cold, there is definitely something wrong with your furnace. You have to adjust the thermostat.
Furnaces can even add moisture to the rooms and they are supposed to keep the air clean. If you notice more dust, however, you know it shouldn’t be there, go check your furnace. Some older models just don’t keep the air clean.
- Weird noises.
Noises are never good, especially if those include rattling and squealing. When you start hearing weird noises you have to call a technician, but most likely it’s the end of the service for a furnace.
- Soot everywhere.
A furnace is not supposed to leave the marks of soot on the walls. If you notice moisture or even mold, make sure to call a technician immediately.
- It’s age.
When your furnace is 18 years old, you have to be fully ready that it can break down any moment. Seriously, plenty of new models live for 10-12 years only and the best ones can last 15-17 years. Don’t expect something different.
Tips That Will Help You Stay Warm When a Furnace Is Broken
- Seal your windows and doors.
You know that the cold air can get into thru frames, right? Make sure that the doors are shut tightly and then insulate them with towels or even a duct tape.
- Use a fireplace.
Gas fireplaces will easily work when the power is out. If everything is alright and it’s just a broken furnace, use any means to keep a house warm.
- Stay in the rooms you need.
It would be better if your whole family stays in one place, so you don’t waste the heat. This way, choose a room you really need, like a living room next to a kitchen or even a kitchen, if it’s spacey and stay there.
- Make sure the unused rooms are closed.
The doors will be a barrier for the cold winds, and you can insulate the doors too.
- Use layers and blankets.
It would be smarter if you actually wear layers of clothing, plus add a couple pairs of socks, as feet lose heat easily. Stay together, make good use of comfy blankets and warm up.
Remember that a furnace breakdown is not the end. Gather a family together and do something fun. If the power is on, bake some chocolate chip cookies or brew some hot cocoa. That will keep the spirit up and help everyone feel just a little bit better. Remember that it’s possible to stay comfortable even if it’s cold and you’re expecting a technician. It’s a good idea to tell each other scary stories if a furnace breaks at night.