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What to Do If Your Home Loses Heat

In the middle of winter, the last thing you want to worry about is unexpectedly losing heat in your home. If you do experience what you think may be a heat loss this winter, don’t panic: see if you can correct the issue quickly and safely with this checklist:

No-Heat Checklist for Cape Cod Homeowners

  • Fuel Tank:

    Check the gauge to see if you need oil or propane, and if you do, call your local energy provider.

  • Thermostat:

    Make sure your setting is on HEAT and that the cooling function is not on instead.

  • Switches:

    Check that all furnace and emergency switches are on.

  • Reset Button:

    Press the RESET button on your furnace—ONCE ONLY.

If you’ve performed all of the above steps and you still don’t have heat, call your local energy company right away for assistance.

Avoid the risk of heat loss due to fuel run-outs and heating equipment failure. Take a look at the tips below!

Ways to Help Prevent a Heat-Out Emergency

  • If you’re used to calling in and placing an order each time you need an oil or propane delivery, switch to automatic delivery. With this service, your fuel company keeps track of your oil or propane usage for you, delivering fuel to your home automatically when you need it.
  • Have your heating system tuned up annually. The best time of year to have this maintenance performed is each fall—right before your equipment will be working its hardest. If there are any issues with your heating system at the time of your maintenance visit, you’ll have time to correct them before winter sets in. (Haven’t had a tune-up for this heating season? There’s plenty of cold weather ahead of us. Schedule this service today!)
  • If your heating equipment has seen better days, upgrade components of your heating system or install a brand new one. Whether you choose to replace your complete system with a newer, high-efficiency model or to correct parts-related issues found at the time of your tune-up, don’t risk operating old, inefficient, and potentially unsafe equipment for another winter.
  • Take preventative measures that can save you a fortune but won’t cost one, like choosing a home monitoring program. With this service, if you do run into an emergency heat loss situation, your energy provider will be alerted right away—so the issue can be taken care of before it results in costly damage (like frozen or burst pipes).
  • Bonus: While the act of enrolling in a service plan alone won’t help you prevent a heat-out emergency, the services included—like your annual tune-up and discounts on system repairs—will. The better you take care of your heating equipment, the better it will be at keeping your home warm safely and without interruption. And if you do find yourself in a heat-out situation, you’re covered with 24/7 emergency service.