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    Default Return air directly beside furnace combustion chamber

    Does anyone not see this as a potential safety issue. I do and I am in a disagreement with the installing contractor. Now I want to make sure I am not missing something. The return for the basement is in the basement closet with this Ruud Quiet 80 upflow furnace. 5 inches from the side of the furnace. The double doors on the closet are louvered. Thanks

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    Default Re: Return air directly beside furnace combustion chamber

    Return air vent openings should be located no less than 10 feet from an open combustion source (like that furnace) for safety. The installer is wrong and should be slapped.


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    Default Re: Return air directly beside furnace combustion chamber

    Didn't I see this same question and photo on another thread?

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    Default Re: Return air directly beside furnace combustion chamber

    Yes, I posted it before talking to the contractor.


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    Default Re: Return air directly beside furnace combustion chamber

    2006, IFGC 618.5, item 6 and 2006 IRC M1602.2, item 5, Return air for a forced air heating or cooling system shallo not be taken from a mechanical or furnace room.


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