Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Moline isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this take place, you can help dodge the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your house. However, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also pull fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure correct and safe operation.

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

  • Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Take a look at the area regularly and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We understand the weather in Moline can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your residence or if you need answers to any questions, call Freed Heating & Air Conditioning in Moline at 309-323-9584. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.