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Basement Refinishing 101

When it comes to expanding your home living space, one of the most effective ways to do it is to finish the basement. You can turn a full basement into an entire floor of extra living space. You may even be able to create bedrooms, install a kitchen, and add a bathroom. I created this site to share my experiences with basement renovations and construction. My hope is that sharing what I have learned will help others to see that it's easier than you think to finish the basement and create the space you have always envisioned in your home.

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Keep Your Heater Running

No one wants to be left without heat on those cold winter days. You'd rather hear your furnace kick on when you are cold so that you can stay nice and warm in the cold. So what are you supposed to do if your heater isn't working and the house is getting colder and colder?

Check the Emergency Shutoff

All furnaces have some kind of emergency shutoff switch. That shutoff switch will activate if something happens to the furnace, like it gets a power surge or something else that could cause damage if the unit kept running. It's normally located somewhere near your furnace, which makes it easy for you to reactivate the switch and then watch to see if your furnace turns itself back on. If you turn on the switch and the furnace starts up, but immediately switches off again, you shouldn't try again. In this situation you should call a furnace repair company and have your furnace repaired. 

Check the Power

Another thing that you need to do is check the power source going to your heater. It may be something as easy as changing the fuse or flipping a switch. If you have a circuit breaker, there will be a little switch that you just need to move from the off to the on place. If it's a fuse, then there will be a little strip inside the fuse, like a filament in your lightbulb. When the fuse gets overloaded, that strip will beak, severing the circuit. It can be easy to check to see which one is causing the problem. If you need to change a fuse, make sure that you replace it with one exactly like the one that popped. That way there isn't too much or too little juice running through the circuit. You may have to use the emergency switch to turn the heater back on. You'll have to check the heater to see what's going on with it all. Again, once you move your thermostat to the right setting, you should hear it power on. If it kicks off again, then you may have serious problems and should immediately call a heating contractor and asking them to come look at your heater and make sure that it's fixed. 

If it's winter where you are and you are tired of the cold, don't suffer through the cold with a heater that isn't working well. Have a heating service like Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. look over everything and make your home warm once again.