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Beware of Blocked Furnace Pipes During a Snowstorm

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We’d like to remind homeowners of the dangers of obstructed furnace intake and exhaust pipes. The intake pipe is needed to provide air for the combustion process and the exhaust pipe expels fumes away from your home. During a storm, snow can pile up against the pipes and cause operation and safety issues.

If the furnace intake pipe becomes blocked with snow, the heating system can stall because it cannot pull the required oxygen to properly operate. Once the intake pipe becomes blocked, the only way to get the furnace working again is to clear the snow.

If the furnace exhaust fan becomes blocked, the system should shut off immediately as a safety precaution. If the furnace doesn’t turn off, exhaust fumes can be pushed back into the house.

If your heating system was installed by a reputable company, the furnace intake and exhaust pipes should be located above the snow line. In this case, you likely won’t have any issue with the pipes being blocked. However, if we get an unusually large amount of snow or heavy winds which can create snow squalls, we always recommend homeowners take a few minutes to ensure the pipes do not become blocked.

If you have any questions or concerns about your furnace, please don’t hesitate to contact HAMCO Heating & Cooling. We have been serving the heating and air conditioning needs of Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Grimsby and Brantford areas since 1946 and have become a premier HVAC company in the area.

You can reach us by phone at 905-527-1049
or fill out a form on our website.

We are a family-owned and operated company, located in the heart of downtown Hamilton. We look forward to improving your home comfort and exceeding your service expectations.

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