Natural gas furnaces need enough space and airflow to run properly.
Your furnace can get too hot if it doesn’t have enough clearance. It also makes it challenging for our specialists to complete furnace repair.
Regular furnace maintenance is essential to keep your system running smoothly. An annually 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 lessen future repair bills and potentially lengthen the life of your unit.
So how much area should your equipment really have?
How Much Space Does My Furnace Need?
If you’re updating your basement or closing off your furnace room, you should take a look at manufacturer directions and Erie statutes for clearance guidelines.
As a general rule of thumb, your heater should be 30 inches away from furnace room walls on all sides. This lets our service professionals to easily work on it.
You also need to check the area has ample airflow and ventilation, especially if you have an outdated furnace with a metal flue.
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This kind of furnace draws combustion air from the nearby area. If there’s insufficient air, unsafe gas fumes and poisonous carbon monoxide could flow back into your home.
If your furnace is located in a little 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 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 double as laundry and storage space, you should keep yours free of clutter 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, situate your litter box elsewhere. Cat urine contains ammonia, which could create wear on your furnace’s heat exchanger. Plus, the furnace could move the smelly odors all over your home.
You should also routinely vacuum around your furnace to stop dust from building up.
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Request Expert Furnace Service
Whether you have to have furnace replacement or regular maintenance in Erie, Patterson & Stirling can expertly take care of your needs. Our highly trained technicians can work on any furnace model or brand.
Call us at 814-308-0416 or use our online scheduler to request an appointment right away.