Natural gas furnaces need sufficient space and airflow to run properly.
Your furnace can overheat if it doesn’t have enough space. It also makes it hard for our specialists to perform furnace repair.
Routine furnace maintenance is important to keep your unit running smoothly. An annually serviced furnace may heat more efficiently, which could lower your heating bills.
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Maintenance often helps us spot problems before they become expensive. This could help reduce future repair expenses and likely prolong 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 enclosing your furnace room, you should consult manufacturer instructions and Des Moines statutes for clearance requirements.
As a general suggestion, your heater should be 30 inches away from furnace room walls on all sides. This lets our service experts to conveniently replace it.
You also need to check the space has enough airflow and ventilation, especially if you have an outdated furnace with a metal flue.
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This model of furnace needs combustion air from the adjacent space. If there’s inadequate air, hazardous gas fumes and poisonous carbon monoxide could leak into your home.
If your furnace is located in a little room with a gas water heater, you may need to install supplemental 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 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 are often also used for 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 in another room. Cat urine contains ammonia, which could corrode your furnace’s heat exchanger. Plus, the furnace could spread the unpleasant odors throughout 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 want furnace replacement or routine maintenance in Des Moines, Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling can expertly take care of your needs. Our highly trained technicians can repair any furnace model or brand.
Call us at 515-207-6569 or use our online scheduler to request an appointment today.