The word emergency can be a bit overused. Getting your coffee and realizing they put hazelnut instead of french vanilla in it isn’t an emergency. It’s unfortunate and may even ruin your commute to work, but it’s not an emergency. However, getting home and realizing your heater isn’t working is most certainly emergency. If you live in a climate where it gets quite cold during the winter, a faulty heater is a really big problem. What if the furnace malfunctions on a holiday or weekend? Do you know a reliable HVAC business that can offer their repair services on such short notice or during non-business hours? If you don’t, you are facing a real emergency. Always check to see if your furnace just needs to be lit. If the pilot goes out, your furnace won’t produce any heat. If it’s an electric furnace or your gas furnace uses an electric component, flip the breaker to see if that solves the problem. If you can’t solve the issue, you need an emergency repair. If you can’t find anyone to fix it, your house will become increasingly colder until it matches the temperature outside. This is when it comes in handy to have a good relationship with an HVAC provider that offers emergency repair services. Hopefully they can come to your house and solve your heating issue. I know I ran into this problem during the winter a few years ago and was fortunate enough to have an HVAC technician at my house within just a few hours. He saved me from a real emergency.