When it’s cold, a furnace that’s frozen over can prevent you from getting any much-needed heating. Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks that you can follow to prevent your furnace from freezing.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to prevent or fix a frozen furnace, you can contact our team at Smart Air. You can also schedule an appointment for installation or maintenance services with us.
Prepare your furnace before the first heavy snowfall
One of the first preventative steps you should take to keep your furnace from freezing up is prepping it before the first snowfall of the year. Aim to contact HVAC professionals as close to the start of winter as you can.
Getting in touch with a technician to help prep your furnace allows you to cover many bases. In addition to clearing out the furnace’s vents, the air filter will also be replaced and small issues can be dealt with on the spot. By the time the technician leaves, your furnace will be at its best working efficiency to prevent a frozen furnace.
Prevent drafts and seal leaking spots
With your furnace prepped, maintained, and tuned up for the winter, the next step in heating maintenance should be to prevent any drafts and plug up any holes in your system or home to keep the cold from affecting it.
Studies have shown that about 30% of a home’s heat energy escapes through drafts via doors and windows. So if you find yourself frequently asking, “Why is my furnace freezing up?”, check for and seal any leaking areas with proper insulation.
Check and protect your furnace’s outdoor unit and intake vents
The best way to prevent freezing is to check and protect any of your system’s outdoor units. This can often be as simple as covering any intake valves and any outdoor units with insulation. If you want more professional work done for help, you can also ask your technician for possible preventative measures during maintenance checks.
Get in touch with Smart Air for furnace services
When it comes to preventing a frozen furnace, stopping the cold from reaching your system in the first place can go a long way. Though it can be quite rare, the furnace’s condensate lines and the condensation that can form on it are just as likely to freeze, negatively affecting the system’s heating capabilities. Since furnaces are often in the basement or garage of your home, properly insulating the main unit and the rest of your home is a step in the right direction.
If you find that your furnace is frozen and you need help, contact Smart Air today!