Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Wharton isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this take place, you can help avoid the need for unexpected furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

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

Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this happens, 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 panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

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

We know the weather in Wharton 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 review any areas around your home or if you have questions, call Faust Air Conditioning and Heating in Wharton at 979-323-6130. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.

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