Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Bend isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can certainly 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 surprising furnace service by taking certain precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your residence. Nonetheless, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also pull fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to move 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 in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will block the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow problems during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Confirm there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance near your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Examine the area regularly and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Bend can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your residence or if you have questions, call Tri County Climate Control LLC in Bend at 541-238-2797. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.