Help, I Have No Heat! Now What


The lack of HEAT within a residence, is a very common problem for homeowners. In many instances this concern can be a minor problem; however the lack of heat could also indicate a major issue and expense.


When you wake up in the nighttime and the hairs in your nose appear to tinkle or there are simply, not enough covers to warm you up, the heat may not be functioning. If the floor is colder than normal and your tee shirt doesn’t seem to keep you warm, the heat may not be on. One thing about losing heat, is that it appears to always occur at night. Why this occurs, is simply the magic of being a Happy Homeowner.

Quick solutions

  • Check the batteries in your thermostat. In many cases, the batteries are old and have ceased to function, causing the heat to go off.
  • Check the thermostat, maybe someone had decided it was simply too warm and turned down the thermostat for the heat.
  • Check the thermostat for all the proper settings and switches, sometimes a simply bump of the thermostat can change a setting.
  • If, oil heat system, do you have oil? Have you paid your bill? Or when was the last delivery?
  • If, propane, is the tank filled, as with the oil heat situation, when was the last delivery, etc.?
  • If electric, check the breakers on the electrical panel. Has one of the breakers flipped off? Make sure all breakers are on.
  • If there is a reset button on your oil or gas burner, is it flipped and can it be reset? Try the resetting of this button, however, use caution due to the fact that, if it is tripped, it tripped for a reason.
  • Filters could be clogged, however this is not a quick solution. On oil systems there is a filter assembly that can get clogged due to sediment in the oil tank. This replacement would normally be done by your professional heating serviceman.

Future considerations

  • Lack of heat is a very inconvenient issue and the proper maintenance of your heating and cooling system is vital to eliminating the situation of NO HEAT / Now What?
  • Yearly maintenance of the systems, as well as replacement of filters and special screens, is required to ensure that the systems remain functional.
  • Consistent filling of the oil tank to ensure that the level of the oil does not become too low. Sediment will collect at the bottom of the oil tank, and if the oil level becomes too low, the sediment can be sucked into the burner system, causing issues.
  • Yearly replacement of all batteries in the control systems of the heating and cooling systems is recommended. Replace the batteries when you replace the batteries in your smoke detectors, on a yearly basis.

Professional suggestions

  • Hire a professional company to provide maintenance on your heating and cooling systems.
  • If the system is old and not of current technological levels, replacement might be in order. New and modern systems are highly energy efficient and provide years of problem free service.

The lack of heat will occur at the most inconvenient times, and the proper maintenance and service on your heating and cooling systems will eliminate this inconvenience. It is important that the oil levels within the oil storage tank be properly maintained and the level of service and maintenance is properly managed to ensure that the NO HEAT / What Now? issue does not occur.

It is important to accept that failure to solve any of these “Now What” conditions may require the introduction of a professional local consultant, or contractor that is experienced in solving this specific “Now What” issue. Remember you are not alone when it comes to these very common problems and concerns!

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