This winter we have had more than our fair share of snow, ice, and cold. That means for most of us that there is a much higher build up of snow and ice built up around the house. This can create a number of problems for homeowners. I have heard from a number of my clients this year that their furnaces are shutting off for no apparent reason. The first 2 things I ask them are;
1. When was the last time that you changed the filter?
- If you have pets especially your filter can become clogged. This restricts the airflow going into the furnace and can actually cause the furnace to shut off.
2. Have you checked outside where the air intake pipe is?
- There can be a build up of snow around the air intake pipe for your furnace outside. If this happens you furnace cannot breathe and it shuts off.
- the intake and exhaust are usually beside each other. The exhaust is very humid. In these freezing temperatures that humidity can cause an ice tower to form. This can also block the air intake.
So before you call in the repair man for a costly service call. Make sure that these 2 simple things have been checked. It is not rocket science but unless you have been shown, why would you know.