Winter in Manassas isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this take place, you can help elude the need for surprising furnace service by taking a couple precautions.
The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your residence. However, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to flow freely to ensure proper and safe operation.
Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, 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 avoid air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:
- Confirm there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes.
- Examine the area occasionally and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.
We know the weather in Manassas 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 look at any areas around your residence or if you have concerns, call Woody's Sudden Service Inc in Manassas at 703-278-2036. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.