Blog10 November 2022

What to do when the heating stops working?

Have you been in a situation where your heat source has suddenly stopped working, or you’ve reached a certain stage of a project before realising that a heating requirement had just slipped your mind?

As construction managers and events planners know all too well, deadlines tend to be tight, and meeting them can be made even more challenging by a range of factors. Although the weather is getting colder, we still regularly receive enquiries from clients who have overlooked their need for heating. It happens a lot more than you think!

Whether you’re crippled by a system failure, or you have simply been caught out by a last-minute temperature drop, there can be no excuse for not taking appropriate action.

Are you faced with a similar scenario and unsure what to do? Then read our five steps on how to respond when a heating breakdown threatens to derail your plans!


  1. Don’t Panic

We understand that heating might be essential to your project, but panicking will only heighten your anxiety. To troubleshoot an issue, a clear mind is needed! Thankfully, we have a dedicated team on hand 24/7/365 (yes, even on bank holidays). So, take a deep breath and move on to the second step.


  1. Check the power supply

The first step – as obvious as it sounds – is to check the power source. Whether your heating is running off a generator or a standard electrical supply, it’s important to make sure this isn’t causing the issue. Try turning the unit on then off again. Old but gold! Has a fuse blown or tripped? Ascertaining whether the power is the primary issue will help you find the correct solution more quickly.


  1. Have a look around the area

Before committing to a heater hire or purchase, it’s important to consider the intended application.

Several factors will affect your required heating capacity, but if you’re not sure about assessing these factors yourself, there’s no need to worry!

At Andrews Sykes, we offer all customers free site surveys to ensure they get the right equipment for the area you have in mind. Unsure how many kilowatts of heating you need to keep your building comfortable for staff? That’s not a problem!

What is the optimum temperature for my application? How do I heat my building properly? Where is the best place to position my temporary heating unit? You may not know the answer to these questions, but the good news is that you don’t need to!

Our dedicated experts are based all around the country and well-versed when it comes to proposing climate control solutions.


  1. Weigh up the consequences

If you’re reading this blog in the first place, the chances are that going without heating isn’t really a viable option. For this reason, it seems safe to assume that there will indeed be consequences if you don’t make other arrangements!

Priority emergencies will naturally vary. In the construction sector, for example, you may need heating to avoid improper concrete curing, to preserve materials, as a frost protection measure, or even just to keep your teams on site warm.

Could the absence of heating lead to walkouts? How would missing a deadline affect your reputation? Might you incur a fine for failing to meet an agreed target? If you have asked yourself the above questions and you’re concerned about the answers, it’s probably not without good reason!


  1. Call Andrews Sykes on 0800 211 611

Get in touch with us today to learn more about the services we offer – including the industries we serve.

We handle all aspects of hire from the moment you enter into an agreement with us, including delivery, installation, fuel management, and collection.

Our aim is to help you banish any heating-related anxieties at the earliest opportunity, and we’d like to think we lead the way when it comes to satisfying customers.

From urgent requirements to contingency planning, there’s nothing that our teams across the UK can’t assist with – all you need to do is contact us!