Natural gas furnaces need enough space and airflow to run right.
Your furnace can get too hot if it doesn’t have enough room. It also makes it challenging for our professionals to complete furnace repair.
Routine furnace maintenance is important to keep your unit running trouble-free. An annually serviced furnace may heat more efficiently, which could decrease your heating costs.
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Maintenance often helps us spot troubles before they become expensive. This could help reduce future repair expenses and likely prolong 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 specifications and Central Point laws for clearance guidelines.
As a general recommendation, your furnace should be 30 inches away from furnace room walls on all sides. This lets our service professionals to conveniently replace it.
You also need to make sure the area has ample airflow and ventilation, especially if you have an older furnace with a metal flue.
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This type of furnace pulls combustion air from the surrounding area. If there’s inadequate air, hazardous gas fumes and poisonous 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 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 draw in air.
Keep Hazardous Items Separate from Your Furnace
Although furnace rooms double 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, situate your litter box elsewhere. Cat urine contains ammonia, which could create wear on your furnace’s heat exchanger. Plus, the furnace could circulate the stinky odors all over your home.
You should also frequently vacuum around your furnace to block dust from accumulating.
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Whether you need furnace replacement or annual maintenance in Central Point, Titan Heating & Air Conditioning can expertly meet your needs. Our highly trained technicians can fix any heating equipment model or brand.
Call us at 541-286-6617 or use our online scheduler to set up an appointment now.