What To Do When the Heat Goes Out

Call it Murphy’s Law, or maybe just a little unluckiness, but we sometimes see heat pump problems in Gresham during the cooler months, when they’re required to keep you toasty. While you know the team at Honke Heating & AC will forever be there ASAP when you require us for a heat pump repair, there are some things you can do to double check a repair is necessary and save yourself some cash if it’s not. We’ve gathered this checklist of things to test before you give us a call.

  1. It may sound silly, but make sure everything is switched “on”. We’ve been to several calls only to find the thermostat or the heat pump itself is switched off.
    • Look at your thermostat to make sure it’s on, switched to the proper temperature and isn’t fixed to cool.
    • Then try swapping out the battery, if it has one.
    • If everything looks accurate, check your furnace switch (check your manual if you’re unsure where it is) and inspect your fuses and circuit breaker.
    • Double check that your gas is on.
  2. If the furnace still hasn’t kicked on, revisit your thermostat.
    • If it’s a programmable model, make sure it’s showing the correct time. If it thinks it’s morning when it’s in fact night, it may not switch your heat on because it doesn’t know you’re home.
  3. Is an impasse causing your furnace to not work?
    • Examine your air filters to ensure they’re not jamming things up.
    • Do you have any congested ducts, vents or cool air intakes?
    • Are all supply registers open?
    • Is your exhaust flue clear?

If you’ve moved through this checklist and you’re still deprived of heat, call Honke Heating & AC at 503-663-8033 or set up an appointment online and we’ll get your home back to the welcoming and cozy place it should be.

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