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Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Moline just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s in full control. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a repairman out for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces send waste gases out of your home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also take in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move freely is vital to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes could exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall could submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air required to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically switch off should a blockage happen). To prevent that from taking place during a heavy snowfall, it’s crucial to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes to help prevent this from happening.
  • Walk around the area frequently to be sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Moline will more than likely fluctuate up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At Freed Heating & Air Conditioning in Moline, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re in regards to furnace service or buying a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at 309-762-3641 or simply set up an appointment with us online to find out more information.