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Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Bishop isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this happens, 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. But, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from the outdoors into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to move freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation.

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your house 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 worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

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

We know the weather in Bishop can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your house or if you have concerns, call Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning in Bishop at 760-784-9034. You can also set up an appointment with us online to get additional information. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.