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What To Do When the Heat Goes Out

Call it Murphy’s Law, or maybe just a little misfortune, but we sometimes see heat pump troubles in Chicago during the cooler months, when they’re needed the most to keep you warm. While you know the team at iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning will constantly be there ASAP when you need us for a heat pump repair, there are some things you can do to confirm that a repair is needed and save yourself some cash if it’s not. We’ve gathered this checklist of things to try before you give us a call.

  1. It may sound silly, but make sure everything is turned “on”. We’ve been to numerous calls only to realize the thermostat or the heat pump itself is set to off.
    • Look at your thermostat to ensure it’s on, set to the correct temperature and isn’t set to cool.
    • Then try swapping out the battery, if it has one.
    • If everything looks right, check your furnace switch (check your manual if you’re hesitant about where it is) and check your fuses and circuit breaker.
    • Make sure your gas is on.
  2. If the furnace still hasn’t kicked on, revisit your thermostat.
    • If it’s a programmable model, confirm that it’s displaying the accurate time. If it thinks it’s morning when it’s actually night, it may not switch your heat on because it doesn’t understand that you’re home.
  3. Is an obstruction causing your furnace to fail?
    • Inspect your air filters to make sure they’re not clogging things up.
    • Do you have any blocked ducts, vents or cool air openings?
    • Are all supply registers accessible?
    • Is your exhaust flue clear?

If you’ve worked through this checklist and you’re still deprived of heat, call iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning at 773-704-0640 or set up an appointment online and we’ll get your home back to the warm and cozy place it should be.