Natural gas furnaces need adequate space and airflow to heat correctly.
Your furnace can overheat if it doesn’t have enough space. It also makes it challenging for our professionals to accomplish furnace repair.
Regular furnace maintenance is essential to keep your unit running well. A routinely serviced furnace may run more efficiently, which could lower your energy costs.
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Maintenance often helps us notice problems before they begin. This could help lower future repair expenses and possibly prolong the life of your unit.
So how much clearance should your equipment really have?
How Much Space Does My Furnace Need?
If you’re finishing your basement or sealing off your furnace room, you should take a look at manufacturer specifications and Thedford laws for clearance rules.
As a general recommendation, your system should be 30 inches away from furnace room walls on all sides. This allows our service technicians to comfortably repair it.
You also need to make sure the area has plentiful airflow and ventilation, especially if you have an outdated furnace with a metal flue.
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This model of furnace needs combustion air from the adjacent space. If there’s insufficient air, unsafe gas fumes and toxic carbon monoxide could flow back into your home.
If your furnace is placed in a small room with a gas water heater, you may need to install supplemental openings. This could involve a fully louvered door or vents in the walls.
You don’t need to consider airflow and ventilation as much if you have a modern, high-efficiency furnace with PVC piping. Your furnace uses one pipe as an exhaust vent and the other to pull in air.
Keep Combustible Materials Away from Your Furnace
Although furnace rooms function as laundry and storage space, you should keep yours free of things 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 elsewhere. Cat urine contains ammonia, which could deteriorate your furnace’s heat exchanger. Plus, the furnace could move the smelly odors all over your home.
You should also frequently sweep by your furnace to prevent dust from accumulating.
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Whether you have to have furnace replacement or regular maintenance in Thedford, Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning can expertly take care of your needs. Our highly trained technicians can repair any heating equipment model or brand.
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