Natural gas furnaces need adequate space and airflow to heat properly.
Your furnace can shut down if it doesn’t have enough clearance. It also makes it challenging for our professionals to complete furnace repair.
Annual furnace maintenance is important to keep your unit working smoothly. A regularly serviced furnace may heat more efficiently, which could lower your energy expenses.
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Maintenance often helps us spot problems before they begin. This could help lower future repair bills and possibly extend the life of your unit.
So how much clearance should your furnace really have?
How Much Space Does My Furnace Need?
If you’re remodeling your basement or enclosing your furnace room, you should consult manufacturer directions and Sandpoint ordinances for clearance guidelines.
As a general rule of thumb, your furnace should be 30 inches away from furnace room walls on all sides. This permits our service technicians to conveniently work on it.
You also need to check the space has plentiful airflow and ventilation, especially if you have an outdated furnace with a metal flue.
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This kind of furnace needs combustion air from the adjacent space. If there’s insufficient air, dangerous gas fumes and toxic carbon monoxide could back draft into your home.
If your furnace is placed in a small room with a gas water heater, you may need to install extra 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 draw in air.
Keep Combustible Materials A Safe Distance 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, put your litter box in another room. Cat urine contains ammonia, which could create wear on your furnace’s heat exchanger. Plus, the furnace could spread the unpleasant odors all over your home.
You should also frequently clean around your furnace to prevent dust from developing.
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Whether you want furnace replacement or regular maintenance in Sandpoint, Age Heating & Cooling can expertly handle your needs. Our highly trained technicians can repair any furnace model or brand.
Call us at 208-603-2210 or use our online scheduler to request an appointment now.