Natural gas furnaces need adequate space and airflow to heat properly.

Your furnace can get too hot if it doesn’t have enough room. It also makes it difficult for our professionals to complete furnace repair.

Routine furnace maintenance is essential to keep your system working smoothly. An annually serviced furnace may run more efficiently, which could reduce your energy costs.

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Maintenance often helps us notice problems before they begin. This could help reduce future repair costs and likely lengthen the life of your system.

So how much area should your equipment really have?

How Much Space Will a Furnace Take Up?

If you’re finishing your basement or sealing off your furnace room, you should take a look at manufacturer instructions and Sacramento laws for clearance requirements.

As a general suggestion, your furnace should be 30 inches away from furnace room walls on all sides. This allows our service experts to easily replace it.

You also need to check the area has enough 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 not enough air, dangerous gas fumes and deadly carbon monoxide could leak into your home.

If your furnace is placed in a small 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 think about 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 add air.

Keep Combustible Materials Away from Your Furnace

Although furnace rooms double as laundry and storage space, you should keep yours free of items that could be fire hazards.

This includes:

  • Clotheslines
  • 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 somewhere else. Cat urine contains ammonia, which could deteriorate your furnace’s heat exchanger. Plus, the furnace could move the smelly odors throughout your home.

You should also regularly clean by your furnace to block dust from building up.

Related: Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

Trust the Local Pros for Furnace Service

Whether you need furnace replacement or regular maintenance in Sacramento, Bishop’s HVAC can expertly meet your needs. Our highly trained technicians can work on any heating equipment model or brand.

Call us at 916-591-6889 or use our online scheduler to request an appointment now.