Natural gas furnaces need adequate space and airflow to heat correctly.
Your furnace can overheat if it doesn’t have enough clearance. It also makes it challenging for our technicians to complete furnace repair.
Annual furnace maintenance is important to keep your unit operating well. A routinely serviced furnace may heat more efficiently, which could decrease your energy costs.
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Maintenance often helps us spot problems before they begin. This could help lessen future repair bills and potentially prolong the life of your unit.
So how much room should your furnace 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 York ordinances for clearance requirements.
As a general recommendation, your system should be 30 inches away from furnace room walls on all sides. This allows our service professionals to easily work on 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 type of furnace needs combustion air from the adjacent space. If there’s insufficient air, dangerous gas fumes and toxic carbon monoxide could back draft into your home.
If your furnace is located in a little room with a gas water heater, you may need to add extra openings. This could involve a fully louvered door or vents in the walls.
You don’t need to think about airflow and ventilation as much if you have a up-to-date, high-efficiency furnace with PVC piping. Your furnace uses one pipe as an exhaust vent and the other to draw in air.
Keep Combustible Materials Away from Your Furnace
Although furnace rooms function as laundry and storage space, you should keep yours free of things 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 deteriorate your furnace’s heat exchanger. Plus, the furnace could move the unpleasant odors all over your home.
You should also routinely sweep around your furnace to prevent dust from developing.
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