Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Ellsworth just yet. Mother Nature may have a few nice days, but she’s always ready to remind us that she’s in charge. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a repairman out for furnace service if you keep these simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces expend waste gases out of your home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also transfer 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 can exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall could cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air required to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically switch off should a blockage occur). To keep that from occurring 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 taking place.
  • Check the area frequently to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Ellsworth will most 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 Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC in Ellsworth, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related to furnace service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at 715-318-6728 to find out more information.