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TOPIC: Furnace in Closet

Furnace in Closet 10 years 2 months ago #49509

I realize that a gas furnace installed in a bedroom closet is an obvious defect. What about the kitchen? Older bungalow house, built in 1950. The gas water heater and gas furnace are installed in a pantry closet. I'm not sure whether this is a defect or not? I told the client that I certainly wouldn't store aerosols or cooking oil in there. Anybody have knowledge or an opinion?

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Re: Furnace in Closet 10 years 2 months ago #49515

The biggest issues I find with these installations is the lack of combustion air size of the combined vent, and old leaking valves.  With a home this age, chances are the furnace and water heater have both been changed out and the combustion air and venting requirements may have changed.  Other than that, I don't have an issue.

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Re: Furnace in Closet 10 years 2 months ago #49518

Thanks Stephen. If I remember correctly, the furnace is a '93 model (most houses around here of that era had floor furnaces). The house has only been vacant for 6 months, so I guess any fume problems would have been discovered before now.It is a fairly large closet, with 3 sets of bi-fold doors. Maybe I should suggest changing the doors to louvered doors for the combustion air. The water tank vent connects to the larger furnace vent and then to a chimney flue. The pilot would not lite on the water tank, but the smoke/draft test for the furnace seemed to be okay.

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Re: Furnace in Closet 10 years 2 months ago #49528

Are you sure the combusion air wasn't coming from the crawlspace? I have a gas furnace in my kitchen closet that does this. The doors are actually padded to make it harder for gasses to seep out.

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Re: Furnace in Closet 10 years 2 months ago #49542

Hi Dom. It didn't appear the combustion air was coming from the crawlspace, the unit was sealed from that area. I did see a first while I was under there, though. A coffee or similar type of can was used as the "collar" that penetrated the floor for the dryer vent to connect to. Pretty neat idea! :)

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