Frigid temperatures can wreak havoc on your home’s appliances. Before the winter season is in full swing, it is important to address any potential problems that could cause lasting damage to your home. Here are four appliances you should inspect before cold weather hits, and continue to inspect throughout the winter season.


An unchecked furnace can result in serious consequences. Carbon monoxide can be released into the air when the fuel in your furnace builds up instead of burning. Unchecked systems can also be a fire hazard when a broken interior part blocks ventilation or penetrates a heat source. Having a professional complete a full-system check is recommended because it will confirm your furnace’s efficiency and home safety.

Outdoor Faucets

Frozen outdoor faucets can cause pipe bursts. Water expands when it freezes, and the ice leaves no room for water to pass through. Eventually, the pressure from the blockage causes the pipe to burst. Before temperatures drop, shut-off valves that control water flow to outdoor faucets. It is also essential to drain outdoor faucets to release any standing water.

Sump pumps

Sump pumps should never be neglected, especially in winter. During decreased temperatures, water retained in your sump pump may freeze. Freezes require the sump pump to work harder, which can exhaust the system to the point of failing. A malfunctioning sump pump that coincides with accumulating water in your basement can create serious damage.

Water heaters

Lack of hot water can prove to be a major inconvenience in the winter. Water heaters are not immune to malfunctions such as rust and sediment buildup. If you engage in regular maintenance to your water heater, you can expect efficiency in your appliance. If your water heater is compromised, be sure to reach out to a professional to fix the cause right away.

It is important to protect your home no matter the season. However, winter poses its own set of unique challenges to your appliances. Be sure to inspect your home for any pending disruptions that could erupt in winter. If you want a professional to inspect your home, call Burton today.