Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Alice isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this occurs, you can help avoid the need for unexpected furnace service by taking certain precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your home. However, 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 important for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure appropriate 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 in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To avoid air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

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

We realize the weather in Alice can change frequently 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 house or if you need answers to any questions, call Rescue Heating & Air in Alice at 361-265-4371. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.

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