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What To Do When the Heat Goes Out

Call it Murphy’s Law, or maybe just a little bad luck, but we sometimes see heat pump issues in Selbyville during the colder seasons, when they’re necessary to keep you comfortable. While you know the team at Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing will constantly be there ASAP when you need us for a heat pump repair, there are some things you can do to confirm that a repair is important and save yourself some money if it’s not. We’ve collected this checklist of things to try before you give us a call.

  1. It may sound ridiculous, but make sure everything is set to “on”. We’ve been to more than a few calls only to find the thermostat or the heat pump itself is set to off.
    • Check your thermostat to make sure it’s on, set to the appropriate temperature and isn’t fixed to cool.
    • Then try changing the battery, if it has one.
    • If everything looks right, check your furnace switch (check your manual if you’re not sure where it is) and test your fuses and circuit breaker.
    • Double check that your gas is on.
  2. If the furnace still hasn’t turned on, revisit your thermostat.
    • If it’s a programmable model, make sure it’s showing the proper time. If it thinks it’s morning when it’s in fact night, it may not switch your heat on because it doesn’t understand that you’re home.
  3. Is a blockage causing your furnace to fail?
    • Check your air filters to make sure they’re not blocking things up.
    • Do you have any obstructed ducts, vents or cool air intakes?
    • Are all supply registers exposed?
    • Is your exhaust flue open?

If you’ve worked through this checklist and you’re still lacking heat, call Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing at 302-436-2922 or set up an appointment online and we’ll get your home back to the warm and cozy place it should be.