Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    MNHomeBuyer's Avatar
    MNHomeBuyer Guest

    Default Distance from furnace to wall

    During a home inspection, our inspector noticed that the furnace was very close to the wall (about 12 inches). He was not sure as to local code for the allowable distance. The furnace was installed 17 years ago.

    We called a heating company and they told us that most manufacturers suggest 24 inches but they too were not certain as to the city/state code on this. When they visited the site, the technician could maneuver around the furnace and had no problem conducting the necessary tests.

    I was wondering if this could be a possible hazard or code violation.

    Can someone shed some light?

    Similar Threads:
    Member Benefits1

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Columbus GA
    Posts
    3,746

    Default Re: Distance from furnace to wall

    It depends on where the furnace is located, attic, closet, basement, crawl space, or where.
    Also depends on manufactures instructions.




    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

  3. #3
    MNHomeBuyer's Avatar
    MNHomeBuyer Guest

    Default Re: Distance from furnace to wall

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Cantrell View Post
    It depends on where the furnace is located, attic, closet, basement, crawl space, or where.
    Also depends on manufactures instructions.


    Thanks for replying Rick.

    The furnace is in the basement. As far as manufacturer suggestions, they state 24 inches. Could this be a problem, or do you think it is something minor?

    Thanks again


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Columbus GA
    Posts
    3,746

    Default Re: Distance from furnace to wall

    If your question is " is it safe if only 12" " ,
    well, the manufacture says 24" MINUMUM
    A heating company you called said 24"
    and the inspector thought it was to close, but did not know for sure.

    Heating season will be here shortly.
    I would have a qualified HVAC contractor make the repairs before then.

    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Ormond Beach, Florida
    Posts
    26,248

    Default Re: Distance from furnace to wall

    The answer will be in your installation instructions.

    If you do not have your installation instructions, you can probably get them through an online search.

    If you cannot find them online, call the manufacturer and they can send you a copy.

    That is really the ONLY way to know for sure what the required clearances are for THAT furnace.

    Jerry Peck, Construction / Litigation Consultant
    Construction Litigation Consultants, LLC ( www.ConstructionLitigationConsultants.com )
    www.AskCodeMan.com

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Spring Hill (Nashville), TN
    Posts
    5,847

    Default Re: Distance from furnace to wall

    At 17 years of age in my neck of the woods that furnace would be ready to be replaced. We just don't get more than 12-15 years on the average out of any HVAC component. Although with the newer stainless exchangers and burners, they do look like they are holding up better.

    Scott Patterson, ACI
    Spring Hill, TN
    www.traceinspections.com

  7. #7
    MNHomeBuyer's Avatar
    MNHomeBuyer Guest

    Default Re: Distance from furnace to wall

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Patterson View Post
    At 17 years of age in my neck of the woods that furnace would be ready to be replaced. We just don't get more than 12-15 years on the average out of any HVAC component. Although with the newer stainless exchangers and burners, they do look like they are holding up better.
    We did raise this point and got a credit from the home owner. The heating tech said that it was running perfectly so we could not ask for them to purchase a new one. We do plan on installing a new one in the next few years, but wanted to make sure we would be safe until then.

    I will see if the current owner has any manuals for the furnace.
    Thanks for all your help.


Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •