If you've had to call for furnace repair, you are likely anxiously awaiting the technician's arrival. However, the time between your phone call and the heating repair technician's arrival is important for you. You should use this time to ensure that you are as prepared as possible for a successful heating repair visit. Here are a few of the things that you should do while you are waiting for your furnace repair technician to arrive.
Clear The Area
Ideally, there should never be anything placed in a way that it obstructs your furnace cabinet. However, whether it's obstructions along the way to the furnace, or things in the way of the furnace cabinet, you should make sure you clear out a path before the technician arrives.
The goal is to ensure that your furnace repair technician has unfettered access to your furnace. Even if it means moving some things out to the garage or stacking them in another room, make sure that the technician has a clear path from your door to your furnace, and has room to work around the furnace area.
Provide New Air Filters If You Have Them
There's a good chance that your furnace repair technician will replace the air filter in your furnace while he or she is working on it. If you have air filters that you've purchased, have one available so that you don't have to pay for one from the technician. You can leave a new filter by the furnace cabinet if you're not going to be home yourself to work with the technician.
Make Sure Someone Stays Home
If you have to go to work, or have somewhere else to be, make sure that you appoint an adult to be present while the technician is there. You should have someone available at the house at all times between your phone call and the furnace repair completion so that there are no issues with the technician not being able to complete the job. Remember that a minor cannot legally consent to repairs, so it's important that you choose a responsible adult instead.
Take Time To Find Out What Caused The Problem
Once the furnace problem has been repaired, take some time to talk with the technician about what happened and what may have caused it. The more you understand about the problem, the easier it is to determine if you did something to contribute to it. Understanding these issues can help you to prevent them from recurring in the future.