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Help! My Heater Broke Down Right Before Christmas!

Picture this: Christmas is right around the corner. You’re about to have people over to your house to celebrate and unwrap gifts, maybe you even have guests coming from out of town. But right before your visitors are set to arrive, your heater breaks down!

If this has happened (or is currently happening) to you, never fear—Meyer’s Companies, Inc. is here to provide the help you need. We offer 24/7 emergency heating service, so you’ll never have to worry about a malfunctioning furnace or finicky heat pump ruining your holiday season. Keep reading to learn what steps to take if your heater has broken down right before Christmas, and call our skilled Griffith HVAC technicians for assistance with a range of heating and cooling units.

If your heater breaks down this holiday season, you should:

  1. Call a technician! Trying to deal with heater problems on your own is very dangerous, and our HVAC team is available 24/7, so there’s no reason not to call right away if you are dealing with a heating emergency.
  2. Check to see if your thermostat is working correctly. You may still need to hire a technician, but you definitely don’t want to assume that you’ve got a broken heater on your hands only to find out later you just needed to adjust your thermostat settings.
  3. Next, go to your fuse box and see if a blown fuse could be the culprit. If your fuse box isn’t to blame either, chances are the problem is indeed with your heater.
  4. If you use a gas furnace rather than an electric heater, inspect the unit to see if the pilot light is out. If it is, you may need to reignite it.
  5. If your pilot light is on, go outside to inspect the piping around your house. While this might sound like a job for a plumber rather than an HVAC tech, sometimes the PVC piping leading to your home can become blocked, preventing air from flowing to your unit.
  6. After you have safely looked for all the potential causes of your heating issue, you should light a fire in your fireplace if you have one to provide some temporary warmth. If you do not have a fireplace, a portable electric heating unit is another solid way to provide some temporary relief.
  7. Make sure your windows and doors are shut completely. The last thing you want to do is let any hot air out while you wait for service.
  8. Use electric blankets, lawyers of clothes, and whatever else you need to stay warm. A few cups of hot cocoa later, you’ll be surprised at how fast Meyer’s is able to respond!

Call (219) 240-0610 now for holiday heating emergencies, or send us a message online. And from the Meyer’s family to yours, Merry Christmas!