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Can Snow Affect My Heating System?

Can Snow Affect My Heating System?

With winter weather rolling into Hartford, it’s only a matter of time before the trees turn white and the roads become a slick slush of snow and dirt. While all that snow can sometimes be a bit frustrating to clean off your car in the morning and dress for, snow can also pose a big problem for your heating system. Here’s how:

Snow Can Damage the Fans

As snow piles onto your outdoor condenser unit, it can weigh down on the exposed components, such as the fans, and cause them to bend or potentially even break. A typical sign that the fans are bent is a loud noise as the system runs.

Snow Can Trigger Shut-Offs

As more ice and snow cover your outdoor unit, the increasingly cold temperatures can trigger an emergency shut-off and leave you without heat. If this keeps happening, you should make a strong effort to clear snow from around your unit as often as you can.

Snow Can Block Your Exhaust Vents

If snow gets pushed up against the side of your home, it can block your exhaust vents, leaving excess gas and heat nowhere to go but back into your home. This can lead to a pressure buildup inside your heating system, which can later result in a potential fire.

Snow Can Block Your Air Intake

The same way packed snow can prevent your heating system from expelling air and heat, it can prevent it from taking in air in the first place. If the airflow into your system isn’t what it should be, your system will have to work harder to get the necessary amount of air it needs to properly function. All that extra energy translates to higher utility costs.

To keep your heating system safe during the colder months, make sure to keep it clear of snow and other debris and schedule a heating tune-up to ensure your system is working properly.

HARP Home Services offers Windsor Locks heating system tune-ups performed by licensed, highly trained technicians at an affordable price.