Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Manassas Park isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. 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 bring fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure proper and safe operation.

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your residence 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 meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

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

We realize the weather in Manassas Park can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to review any areas around your residence or if you have questions, call Woody's Sudden Service Inc in Manassas Park at 703-278-2036. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.

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