You wake up in the morning to find that your home is far too cold for the furnace to be operating properly. What do you do now? Here you'll find a short list of steps to take to get things warmed up and operating as they should.

Check the Breaker

Is the furnace getting the power that it needs to function? Go to the breaker panel and turn off the breaker to the furnace, then turn it back on. Go to the thermostat and turn on the fan to the furnace. Does it turn on? If so, the unit is getting power, so there's something else going on.

Change the Filter

If the furnace is getting power but doesn't seem to be producing heat, try changing the filter. Sometimes, the filter can become so caked with dirt and dust that the system won't heat properly. If that does the trick, awesome. If not, move to the next step.

Change the Thermostat Batteries

How long has it been since you've changed the batteries in your digital thermostat? When the batteries get low, the system will still operate, but it may not maintain a steady temperature because the thermostat doesn't provide it with steady readings.

Call for Service

If the above three actions have not gotten the furnace working again, you'll need to call a company like Soco Air Conditioning for service. Get the call made as soon as possible because the chances are good that you aren't the only one that woke up without heat this morning. The earlier you get the call in, the sooner you'll be on the schedule for the day.

Prevent Water Line Problems

Since you don't have heat to keep things warm in your home, you'll have to take some preventative measures to keep the water lines from freezing while the heat is out.

Go to the kitchen and bathrooms and open up the cabinets that house the plumbing. You want to allow as much warm air to circulate through those cabinets so that the pipes stay warm enough to prevent freezing. Turn the water on in a few areas—just a slow drip. You want to keep the water moving so that it takes longer for it to freeze when the temperatures fall too low.

Safely use some space heaters to stay warm until help arrives. Hopefully, you'll have your heat restored sooner rather than later, and you'll be on track for a better tomorrow than today.