Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Lodi isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this happens, you can help dodge the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your residence. But, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also pull fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation.

Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re susceptible to 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 planned 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.
  • Take a look at the area occasionally and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Lodi 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 review any areas around your home or if you need answers to any questions, call Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning in Lodi at 209-257-3156. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.

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