Natural gas furnaces need adequate space and airflow to run correctly.
Your furnace can shut down if it doesn’t have enough room. It also makes it difficult for our specialists to perform furnace repair.
Annual furnace maintenance is important to keep your system running well. A routinely serviced furnace may heat more efficiently, which could lower your energy expenses.
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Maintenance often helps us notice problems before they begin. This could help lower future repair costs and possibly extend the life of your unit.
So how much area should your system really have?
How Much Space Should My Furnace Have?
If you’re finishing your basement or enclosing your furnace room, you should research manufacturer instructions and Cache Valley ordinances for clearance requirements.
As a general rule of thumb, your furnace should be 30 inches away from furnace room walls on all sides. This lets our service technicians to comfortably repair it.
You also need to make sure the room has plentiful airflow and ventilation, especially if you have an aging furnace with a metal flue.
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This kind of furnace draws combustion air from the nearby area. If there’s inadequate air, dangerous gas fumes and toxic carbon monoxide could flow back into your home.
If your furnace is located in a tiny room with a gas water heater, you may need to add more openings. This could consist of a fully louvered door or vents in the walls.
You don’t need to assess 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 A Safe Distance from Your Furnace
Although furnace rooms function 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, put your litter box elsewhere. Cat urine contains ammonia, which could deteriorate your furnace’s heat exchanger. Plus, the furnace could circulate the smelly odors throughout your home.
You should also regularly vacuum around your furnace to block dust from accumulating.
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Trust the Local Pros for Furnace Service
Whether you want furnace replacement or regular maintenance in Cache Valley, Western Mechanical, Inc. can expertly handle your needs. Our highly trained technicians can repair any heating equipment model or brand.
Call us at 435-753-5515 or use our online scheduler to get an appointment today.