Natural gas furnaces need enough space and airflow to heat right.
Your furnace can get too hot if it doesn’t have enough clearance. It also makes it difficult for our technicians to complete furnace repair.
Routine furnace maintenance is important to keep your equipment working well. An annually serviced furnace may work more efficiently, which could lower your heating bills.
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Maintenance often helps us notice problems before they start. This could help lessen future repair costs and potentially lengthen the life of your system.
So how much room should your system really have?
How Much Space Does My Furnace Need?
If you’re updating your basement or enclosing your furnace room, you should consult manufacturer instructions and Pella ordinances for clearance requirements.
As a general recommendation, your heater should be 30 inches away from furnace room walls on all sides. This permits our service technicians to comfortably work on it.
You also need to make sure the space has ample airflow and ventilation, especially if you have an older furnace with a metal flue.
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This kind of furnace needs combustion air from the adjacent space. If there’s inadequate air, unsafe gas fumes and toxic carbon monoxide could back draft into your home.
If your furnace is placed in a little room with a gas water heater, you may need to add more openings. This could include 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 furnace uses one pipe as an exhaust vent and the other to pull in air.
Keep Combustible Materials Separate 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, situate your litter box elsewhere. 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 regularly vacuum near your furnace to prevent dust from accumulating.
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Request a Free Quote for Furnace Service
Whether you have to have furnace replacement or regular maintenance in Pella, Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating can expertly take care of your needs. Our highly trained technicians can repair any furnace model or brand.
Call us at 641-628-3621 or use our online scheduler to request an appointment now.