Natural gas furnaces need sufficient space and airflow to work properly.
Your furnace can shut down if it doesn’t have enough space. It also makes it challenging for our specialists to perform furnace repair.
Annual furnace maintenance is crucial to keep your system working smoothly. An annually serviced furnace may run more efficiently, which could reduce your energy expenses.
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Maintenance often helps us spot issues before they start. This could help lessen future repair bills and likely prolong the life of your furnace.
So how much area 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 consult manufacturer instructions and Oxford ordinances for clearance guidelines.
As a general rule of thumb, your system should be 30 inches away from furnace room walls on all sides. This lets our service technicians to conveniently repair it.
You also need to check the area has ample airflow and ventilation, especially if you have an older furnace with a metal flue.
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This kind of furnace draws combustion air from the nearby location. If there’s insufficient air, dangerous gas fumes and deadly carbon monoxide could flow back into your home.
If your furnace is positioned in a tiny room with a gas water heater, you may need to put in extra openings. This could consist of 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 unit uses one pipe as an exhaust vent and the other to add 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 corrode your furnace’s heat exchanger. Plus, the furnace could spread the stinky odors all over your home.
You should also frequently sweep around your furnace to prevent dust from building up.
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