Can you believe it’s already mid-November and the leaves are only really starting to fall now? It’s definitely been cold out and many furnaces have already been tuned up and running, but this has to be one of the longest autumns we’ve had in recent years. Although they’re beautiful, falling leaves can be a big hassle for homeowners – from getting caught in eavestroughs to piling up on front lawns and back yards, and even clogging up furnaces. Which brings us to a problem many people are facing: if your furnace has stopped working, you may have to rake the leaves to get it up and running again.
Furnaces with lower efficiency ratings (an AFUE rating of under 89% and under) have chimneys for intake and outtake. If you have a high efficiency furnace, (that is, a furnace with an AFUE rating of 90% or higher) it will have PVC pipes (polyvinyl chloride pipes) and outtake pipes on the outside of your house.
Falling leaves in autumn can cause problems by clogging up the chimney or the PVC pipes, leading to a furnace that has stopped working properly. The falling leaves gather up a lot of moisture from morning frost that melts, forcing them to stick together and stick to the insides of your furnace’s intake/outtake – a big mess for your unit. The best way to prevent blockage as much as possible is to rake your leaves often. You should also keep an eye out for furnace clogs and make sure you clean out any that gather up to prevent any damage to your system.
**Safety First: Remember to power down your furnace before you begin cleaning out trapped leaves.**
Need a hand with cleaning out your furnace? A1 can help. Our expert staff can demonstrate how to effectively remove any blockage your furnace may have and get it back to working properly.