Natural gas furnaces need sufficient space and airflow to work right.
Your furnace can overheat if it doesn’t have enough room. It also makes it difficult for our specialists to complete furnace repair.
Annual furnace maintenance is crucial to keep your system running well. A regularly serviced furnace may run more efficiently, which could lower your energy costs.
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Maintenance often helps us notice problems before they become expensive. This could help reduce future repair costs and potentially prolong the life of your system.
So how much area should your furnace really have?
How Much Space Does My Furnace Need?
If you’re updating your basement or enclosing your furnace room, you should consult manufacturer directions and Alliance ordinances for clearance rules.
As a general suggestion, your heater should be 30 inches away from furnace room walls on all sides. This allows our service experts to comfortably replace it.
You also need to make sure the area has ample airflow and ventilation, especially if you have an outdated furnace with a metal flue.
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This type of furnace needs combustion air from the adjacent area. If there’s not enough air, hazardous gas fumes and toxic carbon monoxide could back draft into your home.
If your furnace is located in a small room with a gas water heater, you may need to install more openings. This could include a fully louvered door or vents in the walls.
You don’t need to think about airflow and ventilation as much if you have a up-to-date, high-efficiency furnace with PVC piping. Your system uses one pipe as an exhaust vent and the other to pull in air.
Keep Combustible Materials Away from Your Furnace
Although furnace rooms double as laundry and storage space, you should keep yours free of items that could be fire hazards.
- Cleaning or laundry products
- Gasoline, paint or paint thinner
- Rags and papers
- Wood scraps and sawdust
- Used filters
If you have a cat, place your litter box somewhere else. Cat urine contains ammonia, which could create wear on your furnace’s heat exchanger. Plus, the furnace could spread the stinky odors throughout your home.
You should also routinely vacuum near your furnace to block dust from developing.
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Whether you have to have furnace replacement or regular maintenance in Alliance, Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces can expertly meet your needs. Our highly trained technicians can fix any HVAC model or brand.
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