What to Do If Your MA Home Loses Heat This Winter

This winter has been chilly, and we still have at least another month of freezing temperatures and snowstorms here in Massachusetts. Losing heat in the middle of winter is the last thing you want to happen, and when you lose heat, it’s more than a simple inconvenience—it can pose a serious risk to your home and family. If you find that your heat has shut off, don’t panic. Your heating system might not be the cause, and there are some things you can check yourself to remedy the situation before having to call in a professional. With that said, whenever you’re in doubt, be sure to call your local HVAC tech from Bridgewater Fuel.

What to Check If You Lose Heat This Season

Your Fuel Tank

If you heat your home with heating oil and get your deliveries on an as-needed basis, be sure to check your tank gauge to make sure you’re not on empty. If you’ve been running more appliances lately or have had a bigger household, you might be burning fuel faster than usual. Running out of oil is a serious concern, so if you find that you’re on empty, call Bridgewater for an emergency delivery.

Your Thermostat

If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure it is set at the desired temperature and that the batteries are working. Be sure to double-check that it is on the heat setting and wasn’t mistakenly switched to the cooling setting.

Your Circuit Breaker

Check to make sure your circuit breaker is on and that the breaker for your heating system hasn’t been tripped. If the breaker to your heating equipment was tripped, be sure to reset it. Remember that breakers often trip for safety reasons, so if you reset the breaker and your heater doesn’t come back on, call an electrician.

Your Emergency Switches

Check your emergency switches to make sure they are in the ON position. Check the switch on the side of the heating unit and the switch that is located either near the heating system or at the top of the basement stairs. If your switches are on, and the heater is not working, hit the RESET button once, and only once. If you do that and the heating system doesn’t come on, call Bridgewater Fuel for assistance.

If you’ve checked your tank, thermostat, circuit breaker, and emergency switches, and you still don’t have heat, be sure to contact Bridgewater Fuel for help. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority, and we want to get your heat on as soon as possible so you can go back to enjoying the winter.