Natural gas furnaces need adequate space and airflow to work correctly.
Your furnace can shut down if it doesn’t have enough space. It also makes it difficult for our specialists to perform furnace repair.
Routine furnace maintenance is important to keep your system working smoothly. A routinely serviced furnace may heat more efficiently, which could reduce your utility bills.
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Maintenance often helps us spot troubles before they start. This could help lessen future repair costs and possibly lengthen the life of your furnace.
So how much clearance should your system really have?
How Much Space Does My Furnace Need?
If you’re remodeling your basement or enclosing your furnace room, you should take a look at manufacturer specifications and Lancaster statutes 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 experts to conveniently replace it.
You also need to check the room has enough airflow and ventilation, especially if you have an older furnace with a metal flue.
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This model of furnace draws combustion air from the nearby location. If there’s inadequate 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 involve a fully louvered door or vents in the walls.
You don’t need to assess 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 add air.
Keep Combustible Materials Away from Your Furnace
Although furnace rooms are often also used for 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 in another room. Cat urine contains ammonia, which could corrode your furnace’s heat exchanger. Plus, the furnace could circulate the smelly odors throughout your home.
You should also routinely sweep near your furnace to stop dust from accumulating.
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Request Expert Furnace Service
Whether you have to have furnace replacement or regular maintenance in Lancaster, Fairfield Heating & Cooling can expertly handle your needs. Our highly trained technicians can fix any heating equipment model or brand.
Call us at 740-331-4331 or use our online scheduler to request an appointment today.