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Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Moline just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s in full control. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a repairman out for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces send waste gases outside of the home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also capture fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move effortlessly is critical to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes could exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall may submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air you have to have to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically turn off should a blockage happen). To prevent that from taking place during a heavy snowfall, it’s important to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust lines to help keep this from taking place.
  • Check the area frequently to make sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Moline will probably fluctuate up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At J.L. Brady Company LLC in Moline, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re in regards to furnace service or purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Give us a call at 309-517-7511 or simply schedule an appointment with us online to find out more information.