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hello all!
i desperately need some help hopefully someone will know the answer.
i have a natural gas oven in my kitchen and on the floor next to it is a very large grate or vent cover ( on the floor). when I look inside of it i see maybe 3 wires and 2 different pipes. at first i thought it was maybe an access panel but i am not sure not because u only get access to the middle of the wires and pipes, not the end or anything like if u needed to turn them off so it just collects dirt and dust in the vent. my question is this. i am redoing the flooring so do i need to keep this opening or can i cover it up?
 
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Old 03-25-10, 07:16 AM
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Can you tell if the vent is part of the heating or cooling system of the house? If it is, closing it off might cause some unbalance to the heated/cooled air of the room.
 
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Seems like you're describing a cold air return. The furnace draws cool air from the floor so that it can be heated and blown back into the house. The vent should be left open, but it's possible the location could be moved.

A large grate in the floor was common in older houses that had coal furnaces in the cellar. There may have been ducting added underneath the grate when a more modern heating system was installed.
 
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no my cold air return is down at the end of the hall. it just a big opening with some cables, 2 pipes, a lot of cobwebs and some dirt (LOL). my house is 31 yrs old if that helps any
 
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Old 03-26-10, 08:05 AM
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Well, if there are no valves on the pipes and no boxes on the cables, I see no reason you can not cover it them.
 

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thats what i thought thank you
 
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Cover them up, unless they have connections in that space (you did mention no ends are there).
 
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