When the temperatures are freezing and snow is falling, homeowners appreciate a good heater. It does not take long for the chill and wind to infiltrate a home. So what happens if a heater does stop working? Depending on where a person lives, a heater breakdown can mean hours or even days without heat. It can be a miserable experience. The cold is especially difficult on children, seniors, pets, and those who are ill. Every concerned homeowner should familiarize themselves with their heater and prepare for a possible heating emergency. This article discusses how you can stay warm if your heater were to break down in the winter and what steps you can take to get your heating system back in working order.