Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Alliance isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this take place, you can help avoid the need for unexpected furnace service by taking certain precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is moved outside of your residence. Nonetheless, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to flow freely to ensure proper and safe operation.

Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, you’re in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Confirm there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Examine the area often and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We understand the weather in Alliance can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your house or if you need answers to any questions, call Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces in Alliance at 308-646-3827. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.

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