Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in York isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this occurs, you can help avoid the need for surprising furnace service by taking some precautions.

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

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

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

We realize the weather in York can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your residence or if you have questions, call Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning in York at 717-383-4479. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.