Dealing with heating emergencies in your Roanoke home


Winter is here. With the very real threat of winter storms and frigid temps, Roanoke residents need to make sure their heating systems are up to the task.

No matter how well prepared you are, though, heating emergencies happen. Your furnace might give out, or a winter storm might cause a power outage in your neighborhood. And if it does, what then?

Check it out

We don’t want to sound like an IT help desk, but if the power is on and your heating system doesn’t seem to be working, there are some basic things to check before calling in a professional:

  • Check the thermostat. Is it set to heat?
  • Is the furnace turned on? Check the furnace service switch. It is usually found on the side or above the furnace.
  • Check the electrical panel. Is a breaker for the heating system tripped?
  • Check the pilot light. If your home is heated by natural gas, check to see if the pilot light is lit.

If the heat still won’t come on, call the Roanoke heating repair experts at Southern Trust. We’re glad to help out in emergencies.

Stay warm

If it’s frigid outside and your heating system really is down for the count, take steps to conserve what heat there is. Make sure you eliminate drafts by covering windows with plastic and stuffing rolled-up towels against any gaps at the bottom of outside doors. Don’t make any unnecessary trips outside. Bundle up, bring everyone together into one room, and keep that door closed. If you have a fireplace to help stay warm, great! Just be very careful with kerosene or propane heaters. It’s important to make sure they are rated for indoor use, otherwise you risk carbon monoxide poisoning.

Consider a generator

To help keep your heating system running even during a power outage, Southern Trust can install a backup generator for your home. A permanent, automated generator, installed outside your home, is safer and more dependable than portable emergency versions. There is also less risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Need help?

If you have a heating emergency, need an inspection to make sure your system is in good shape, or want to talk about a backup generator, the experts at Southern Trust are glad to help. Call us at 540-343-4348 today.

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