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"Ask Adam Adam has been in the HVAC industry for over 40 years. He has been involved in all aspects of the business from service to sales. His main interest is in customer comfort. Can The Snow Shut Down Your Furnace? Adam Kern, Owner Official Heating & Cooling Prior to 1982 all furnaces were vented with a metal flue pipe that either ran into a brick chimney or was directly terminated via the roof. The weather never effected this traditional type venting system. In 1982 Lennox was the first manufacturer that changed everything in terms of venting your furnace. This was the beginning of the high efficient furnaces. The radical design change consisted of 2 new concepts. The introduction of PVC exhaust and intake pipes and a condensing secondary heat exchanger. Today, most furnaces use this technology and everyone benefits from cheaper operating costs and a more comfortable home. Once again, if your high efficient furnace is vented through the roof you should have no problems. However, most of these furnaces are vented out the sidewall. If the installer did not follow the manufacturer's guidelines then your furnace may shut down in heave snow storms. With a 2 pipe system, one pipe is the exhaust and the other pipe is a fresh air intake. This pipe brings in combustion air to the burners. If this pipe is snow covered the furnace won't start. During heavy snow storms you should keep an eye on those pipes. If snow drifts over the intake pipe just clear away and avoid a service call. If you have any HVAC questions, call 800-350-HVAC (4822) or email adam@officialhvac.com Zoning Ends Thermostat Wars! SALE! Set temperature preferences for room by room total home comfort. Call Official today! OFFICIAL Heating & Cooling 800-350-HVAC (4822) officialhvac.com NATE FACTORY AUTHORIZED DEALER BBB 4 Time Honoree Carrier NICIAN Turnte the experts "Ask Adam Adam has been in the HVAC industry for over 40 years. He has been involved in all aspects of the business from service to sales. His main interest is in customer comfort. Can The Snow Shut Down Your Furnace? Adam Kern, Owner Official Heating & Cooling Prior to 1982 all furnaces were vented with a metal flue pipe that either ran into a brick chimney or was directly terminated via the roof. The weather never effected this traditional type venting system. In 1982 Lennox was the first manufacturer that changed everything in terms of venting your furnace. This was the beginning of the high efficient furnaces. The radical design change consisted of 2 new concepts. The introduction of PVC exhaust and intake pipes and a condensing secondary heat exchanger. Today, most furnaces use this technology and everyone benefits from cheaper operating costs and a more comfortable home. Once again, if your high efficient furnace is vented through the roof you should have no problems. However, most of these furnaces are vented out the sidewall. If the installer did not follow the manufacturer's guidelines then your furnace may shut down in heave snow storms. With a 2 pipe system, one pipe is the exhaust and the other pipe is a fresh air intake. This pipe brings in combustion air to the burners. If this pipe is snow covered the furnace won't start. During heavy snow storms you should keep an eye on those pipes. If snow drifts over the intake pipe just clear away and avoid a service call. If you have any HVAC questions, call 800-350-HVAC (4822) or email adam@officialhvac.com Zoning Ends Thermostat Wars! SALE! Set temperature preferences for room by room total home comfort. Call Official today! OFFICIAL Heating & Cooling 800-350-HVAC (4822) officialhvac.com NATE FACTORY AUTHORIZED DEALER BBB 4 Time Honoree Carrier NICIAN Turnte the experts