Imagine that you’re finally about to sit down at the end of a long day, and you notice something feels different. It suddenly dawns on you that your furnace isn’t running. Since it’s after regular business hours, what are your options? Furnaces can malfunction at any time of the day or night. In this article, we’ll talk about what you can do when confronted with this unexpected problem.
What steps should I take if my furnace goes out after hours?
It’s no surprise that scheduling an after-hours furnace repair appointment will be more expensive. Before calling, it’s always a good idea to see if you can troubleshoot the issue yourself. Oftentimes, you’ll have an easy fix on your hands. For instance, replacing a filter or the batteries can be done in a matter of minutes. A common problem in the winter is tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses. These are relatively minor issues, caused by extra electronics in use. Another place to check is the intake pipes and venting to see if anything is blocking them. It’s also a good idea to make sure the furnace switch is in the ON position.
Once you’ve checked for these and other common issues, you have to decide whether or not you need to make a service call for your HVAC system. This depends on a variety of factors, including your home’s insulation, your comfort level, and the temperature outside. Bundling up with a few extra layers and blankets might get you through the night. That way, you can schedule your appointment during daytime hours.
How much can I expect to pay for a service call?
The cost of HVAC repair depends on a couple of things. The first thing to consider is your technician’s expertise level. A technician with years of experience under his or her belt will generally come at a higher price than a novice. Another factor to consider is the timing of your call. Scheduling service during evenings, weekends, and holidays will also result in a higher cost.
Depending on these variables, your base price of service could be anywhere from $50 to $250. In addition to this fee is the cost for labor and parts. Depending on the nature of the repair and your HVAC model, this could be anywhere from $50 to $1,500.
What can you do if you decide to wait?
After considering this cost and your comfort level, you might decide to wait to schedule service until the morning. If that’s the case, a great stand-in option to consider is an electric space heater. Your safest option here is an electric heater that doesn’t have an open heating source.
You’ll also want to make sure that you’re using space heaters that are made for indoor use only. Avoid using older heaters, and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Our advice? Keep up with your HVAC system’s preventative maintenance. This can help prevent unexpected and ill-timed problems. Do you need to discuss your options for HVAC repair? Our certified technicians at Ron’s Mechanical are here to help. Give us a call today at (952) 445-8585.