Moving Furnace

Old 12-26-07, 08:03 AM
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Moving Furnace

Hi, I am about to start finishing my basement and the furnace location is causing a bit of a problem. The house is fairly new (around 2 years old), but my basement is fairly small and the area around the furnace would be a very narrow area walk through.

There is some space behind the furnace so I was wondering if it would be feasible to move it back about 6 or 7 inches closer to the wall. It probably doesn't sound like much but my basement is small and every little bit helps, and I think it would work out nicer.

How hard would it be to get this done and how much should I expect to pay? I can try and take pictures if it would help.
Old 12-26-07, 11:26 AM
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As a now retired furnace repairman, I would be cautious about moving the furnace into a harder to reach area. That can make servicing a furnace much more difficult, and I've had plenty of cases where carpenters walled off access to furnaces completely.

I'm supposing this is a warm air furnace?

Moving such a furnace 6-7" is likely to be a fairly big job, since making new connections to ductwork is likely to be difficult and might require quite a lot of work.

On the other hand, if you were real lucky, there might be enough slack in the ductwork to make just pushing it possible.

Well punk [says Dirty Harry] are you feeling LUCKY today?

Installers are unlikely to be very interested in doing such work, since a lot of what such companies earn is margins they earn of selling new equipment. If the new construction homebuilding industry is dead in your area, you might find someone interested in such work.

Personally, I'd avoid making the changes you are suggesting. But if they are really worthwhile to you, I'd start shopping around with furnace installers and see if you can find someone to help you.

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