Natural gas furnaces need enough space and airflow to run right.
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 important to keep your system working smoothly. A routinely serviced furnace may run more efficiently, which could reduce your heating bills.
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Maintenance often helps us spot problems before they begin. This could help lessen future repair costs and likely extend the life of your furnace.
So how much room should your equipment really have?
How Much Space Does My Furnace Need?
If you’re finishing your basement or closing off your furnace room, you should take a look at manufacturer specifications and Grove City laws for clearance requirements.
As a general rule of thumb, your furnace should be 30 inches away from furnace room walls on all sides. This permits our service professionals to conveniently repair it.
You also need to check the space has enough airflow and ventilation, especially if you have an aging furnace with a metal flue.
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This kind of furnace needs combustion air from the adjacent location. If there’s insufficient air, dangerous gas fumes and deadly carbon monoxide could leak into your home.
If your furnace is placed in a tiny 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.
Not sure if your furnace or water heater has adequate ventilation? We can take a look!
You don’t need to consider airflow and ventilation as much if you have a newer, high-efficiency furnace with PVC piping. Your system 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 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, 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 around your home.
You should also frequently clean by your furnace to stop dust from building up.
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Request Expert Furnace Service
Whether you have to have furnace replacement or annual maintenance in Grove City, Air Quality Solutions can expertly handle your needs. Our highly trained technicians can work on any heating equipment model or brand.
Call us at 614-871-4144 or use our online scheduler to get an appointment today.