Natural gas furnaces need adequate space and airflow to run right.

Your furnace can overheat if it doesn’t have enough room. It also makes it hard for our specialists to complete furnace repair.

Routine furnace maintenance is important to keep your system working well. An annually serviced furnace may work more efficiently, which could reduce your utility expenses.

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Maintenance often helps us spot troubles before they start. This could help lower future repair bills and likely extend the life of your furnace.

So how much area should your furnace really have?

How Much Space Should My Furnace Have?

If you’re remodeling your basement or sealing off your furnace room, you should research manufacturer specifications and Yukon statutes for clearance rules.

As a general recommendation, 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 make sure the space has plentiful airflow and ventilation, especially if you have an aging furnace with a metal flue.

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This model of furnace pulls combustion air from the surrounding space. If there’s inadequate air, unsafe gas fumes and toxic carbon monoxide could flow back into your home.

If your furnace is placed in a small room with a gas water heater, you may need to install supplemental openings. This could consist of 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 unit uses one pipe as an exhaust vent and the other to add air.

Keep Hazardous Items Away from Your Furnace

Although furnace rooms are often also used for 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 unpleasant odors all over your home.

You should also frequently clean around your furnace to stop dust from accumulating.

Related: Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

Request Expert Furnace Service

Whether you want furnace replacement or annual maintenance in Yukon, Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning can expertly take care of your needs. Our highly trained technicians can work on any furnace model or brand.

Call us at 405-494-7444 or use our online scheduler to set up an appointment right away.