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    Default Water heater in chase

    Amazing what one finds in the heat pump return chase. Water heater directly below the heat pump filter.

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    Default Re: Water heater in chase

    Looks like it is sealed off from the return air plenum with duct board.

    Of course, all the edges should be sealed too, but the edges could be sealed in the plenum side.

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    Default Re: Water heater in chase

    Metal return vent is on hinges and opens for direct access to the water heater. The water heater sits directly below the opening for the heat pump system that sits directly above. Yep, all the plenum boards are nicely sealed though. Water heater blocks most of the furnace filter though.

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    Default Re: Water heater in chase

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Larson View Post
    Metal return vent is on hinges and opens for direct access to the water heater.

    I saw that metal return air grille in the edge of the first photo, but I didn't pick up on the hinge (which I now see), so I thought that was the area 'next to it'.

    Oh ... I got it now ... I see says the blind man.

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    Default Re: Water heater in chase

    So the heater is inside the return air chase, right?
    That is why the pipes, etc. are coated with dust, right?

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    Yep, good dust / crud catcher. Guess it helps keep it out of the furnace.

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    Default Re: Water heater in chase

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Larson View Post
    Yep, good dust / crud catcher. Guess it helps keep it out of the furnace.

    You have to look at it this way. The water heater helps warm the return air in the winter.....What a novel idea. To bad for the AC in the summer.


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