You can’t predict emergency heating repairs, but when they’re needed, they won’t be an emergency long when you call Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. Our NATE-certified technicians respond around-the-clock to have your residential heating system going again in no time. Hoveln Heating & Cooling Inc. is an HVAC company serving the greater Central Illinois region. We know that a broken heater in the middle of winter can be more than an inconvenience — it can pose a risk to you, your family and your pets. When you need fast, reliable heating repairs, call Hoveln.

What To Do If You Have A Heating Emergency

A heating emergency can be nerve-racking, but don’t fret. Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. has a few tips on what to do if you have a heating emergency in your home.

Take Note of the Heating System

Was it making any noises, such as banging or squeals, before it stopped working? Any notes you can take or put together about what your heating system was or wasn’t doing before it stopped working will help your Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. technician make a heating repair.

Use Natural Sunlight

If the heat has gone out on a sunny day, open the blinds, curtains, and other window coverings to let in natural heat and sunlight. Of course, you’ll want to be home when the curtains are open to enjoy the heat and to close them when the cold begins to creep in at sunset.

Bundle Up Yourself And Others

Now is the time to put on your long forgotten wool slippers and other layers to keep warm and comfortable. Dress in loose fitting layers and make sure others in your home are warm and comfortable until Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. has your heating system going again.  

Dangers of Not Having Heat During the Illinois Winter

Not having heat during an Illinois winter can be annoying, uncomfortable, and downright dangerous. Don’t put your home or family members in jeopardy during the winter, call Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. for residential heating repairs any time of day. Our skilled and experienced technicians are up-to-date on best practices for many models of residential heating systems, from all-electric to gas-powered furnaces and heat pumps.

Frozen Pipes

The nightmare of frozen pipes can become a reality if your home doesn’t have heat for a length of time, especially in the depths of winter. Pipes most prone to freezing are those located in under-insulated walls, pipes that are exposed in the home’s interior, and any plumbing on the outside of your home. If a pipe bursts, not only will it need to be replaced, but it can also cause costly water damage to one or more rooms in your home.

Personal Safety

Being cold is uncomfortable, but for those with health issues, the cold can be a safety risk. Take precautions by dressing in layers, using extra blankets on beds, and if necessary, having family members stay with a neighbor who has heat until Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. completes the emergency HVAC repairs and your home is warm again.

Safety Tips For When The Heat Isn’t Working

When the heat goes out, whether while you’re home or you come home to a cold house, here are a few safety tips to follow.

Don’t Use An Oven or Grill For Heat

Stoves, ovens, and grills should not be used as supplemental heat sources. Electric stoves and ovens weren’t designed to heat large, open areas; and gas units can burn inefficiently and release carbon monoxide, a dangerous and odorless gas, into your home. Charcoal grills should only be used outdoors for cooking.

Remember the Three Foot Rule

If you use space heaters for supplemental heat, remember the three foot rule – keep any space heater at least three feet from any flammable material, such as curtains. If there’s a fireplace, keep the area around it clear and use a safety screen to stop embers and burning wood from coming out into the home.  

Never Leave Space Heaters Unattended

Space heaters should also be shut off whenever you leave your home and kept away from children and pets. Newer space heaters have an auto turnoff feature if it is tipped over, but if you have an older model, consider replacing it with one that has this safety feature.

What To Check Before Calling An HVAC Company

When the heat is out, you want it back on and your home at a comfortable temperature again quickly. But before picking up the phone to call Hoveln, there are a few things to check on your home heating system. Most will resolve simple issues, but if at any point you don’t feel comfortable troubleshooting a heating issue, the technicians at Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. are more than happy to help out.

Circuit Breaker

Though not too common, checking the circuit that controls your heating system will sometimes resolve any issue without having to call an HVAC company. Should the circuit switch be in the off position or perhaps in the middle of on and off, switch it to on. If that doesn’t resolve the issue, call Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. for fast and reliable repairs to your home heating system.

Codes

Older furnaces, usually those made and installed during the 1990s, will often flash a light, or code, in a small window when the furnace has an issue. The sequence of flashing light will be the code and these older furnaces usually have a list of the codes inside the access panel on the unit.

Thermostat

It may sound obvious, but the thermostat is a frequent culprit behind calls for emergency HVAC repairs. Sometimes the temperature setting is changed without others in the home being told or it’s bumped when cleaning and the heat/cool switch is moved.

Air Filters

Newer furnaces are more self-aware with the help of sensors to when an air filter is getting clogged and can automatically shut down. Older furnaces don’t have this feature and rely on you to change the filter once a month for optimum heating and overall efficiency. If the air filter becomes too dirty for air to flow, the heating output will decrease.