You depend on your heating system to keep you and your family warm and safe during the winter. Coming home from work and discovering that your heating system is malfunctioning or completely broken can be frustrating and scary. The important thing is to remain calm and not panic. You need to quickly asses if the problem is electrical and then call a repair technician right away. Thankfully, proper maintenance of your heating system can help prevent you from reaching this scenario.

Proper Maintenance

Regardless of the heating system that you have in your home, you must properly maintain in in order to ensure that it continues to function properly. For example, one of the most common causes of heating system malfunction, filter blockage, can easily be prevented by proper maintenance.   This includes regularly checking the filters in your heating system to make sure that they have not become clogged with debris from the air that circulates through the system. You can find the location of the filters in your system by asking the technicians who install your system or by consulting your owner’s manual.

You also want to secure your home before winter. This means making sure that doors and windows that lead outside or to colder parts of your house, such as the garage, basement and attic, are properly secure. Some homeowners find that putting plastic wrap over windows does an excellent job at keeping warm air inside. If you are keeping as much warm air inside as possible, your heating system will not need to work extra. Continual use deteriorates your system overtime. Therefore, you do not want your heating system working more than it has to.

Call a Repair Technician

If you have made sure that your home is secure and you cannot easily fix the heating system, call a repair technician immediate. Many companies run on a first come first serve basis. Therefore, you want to call as early as possible so that the heating system repair technician will arrive promptly.

You also need to make sure that the repair technician you call is specially trained in how to fix your system. You would not want to call a repair technician who specializes in wood stoves to fix your oil furnace. Additionally, solar heating is a new form of heating system that requires specialized technicians to repair any damages. You will need to contact a company that specializes in solar heating, such as Energy Efficiency Pros, to repair your system.

What to Do Until the Technician Arrives

Since the technician may not arrive for hours, or possibly even days, you need to find ways to keep you and your family warm until then. Make sure that everyone has on multiple layers of clothes and extra bedding. If the nights are very cold, you may have your children sleep in the same bed as you and your spouse to ensure that they are staying warm. If the temperatures in your home drop to unsafe temperatures, see if you can stay with a neighbor or you may have to stay in a hotel.


  • How can I help prevent damage to my system?
    Proper maintenance helps prevent damage to heating systems. Regularly check your filters to make sure they are not clogged.
  • I can’t see what the problem is. Should I open up my system?
    No! You are not a trained heating repair technician. Prying open a unit can cause further and more expensive damage to your unit. You can also cause harm to yourself.
  • When should I call a heating repair technician?
    You should call an air conditioning technician as soon as you notice that the system is not functioning properly and that the problem is not due to a clogged filter or to having open windows or doors. If you call as soon as you notice a malfunction you increase the likelihood that a technician will be able to see you before your system stops working completely.

Coming home to a malfunctioning or broken heating system can be frustrating and terrifying. Thankfully, proper maintenance can help prevent future malfunctions. However, if your system does malfunction, call a trained repair technician right away!