Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Williamsport isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this take place, you can help dodge the need for unexpected furnace service by taking some 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 bring fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s significant 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 leave 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 obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

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

We understand the weather in Williamsport can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your house or if you need answers to any questions, call Lycoming Heating Company in Williamsport at 570-244-2510. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.

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