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11-10-2012, 01:17 PM #1
Picture comes no where close to justice. The verticle object on the left is of course the h20 heater; 15 inches away from the furnace with a 18" long blower housing, not including the rails. I guess it could be rotated and finagled out. However what you really can't see from the picture is that the furnace is installed sideways in a closet, two feet down from the floor of an office area that used to be a garage. Right behind the camera is a wall, the closet doors are off to the right a foot or so. You would literally have to lie outside the closet, 2 feet up along side of the furnace and somehow hook your upper body into a U turn to do any significant work on this thing. If I ran into this after hours with calls backing up I believe I would say you'll have to wait for regular hours and a special quote for the PITA factor.
It ended up being a half *ss PM with a prayer that it would cycle correctly when I was done.
11-10-2012, 02:08 PM #2Professional Member*
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- Coastal Maine
Why do people do this crap? One of my techs called me Thursday from a new customer's business. There was less than a foot between the access side of the air handler and this brand new wall. He was there in response to a noisy blower call. How? Why? Common sense is a lost commodity these days.
11-10-2012, 02:37 PM #3
They must figure that as long as there is 1 square foot around the t-stat...they are good.
11-10-2012, 10:37 PM #4Professional Member*
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- West Central Illinois
We had one where the home owner built a wall in front of the air handler and cut a slot in the wall to change the air filter and built shelves on the wall . They did make the wall so it could be removed after taking all the shelves out first.
11-11-2012, 11:56 AM #5Professional Member*
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- SouthEast NC ICW & Piedmont Foothills
write the shiat up as inaccessible and move on, can't fix stupid, but you can try to eliminate it.It`s better to be silent and thought the fool; than speak and remove all doubt.
11-11-2012, 02:48 PM #6
11-11-2012, 03:34 PM #7
11-11-2012, 03:36 PM #8
Inaccessible, have a nice day!!!! On to the next one
11-11-2012, 04:32 PM #9
11-12-2012, 10:43 PM #10
Many years ago a Doctor called complaining his new office heating and cooling system did not provide air flow to the waiting room. I was told there were two 125k gas furnaces installed in a cinder block mechanical room of which the door opened in. Not normally a problem except the door hit the first of the two furnaces only opening about 6 inches.
When I asked the Doctor how the guy got the furnaces in the room he said the furnaces were already installed when the builder had mistakenly installed a metal door and frame which the block masons then bricked in place.
I mentioned to the Doctor that I would have to cut the door hinges off to get access to the furnaces, he said "In that case I think the patients will have to sweat it out."
11-13-2012, 01:23 AM #11Which makes more sense to you?
CONSERVATION - turning your thermostat back and being uncomfortable. Maybe saving 5-10%
ENERGY EFFICIENCY - leaving your thermostat where everyone is comfortable. Saving 30-70%
DO THE NUMBERS! Step on a HOMESCALE.
What is comfort? Well, it AIN'T just TEMPERATURE!
Energy Obese? An audit is the next step - go to BPI.org, or RESNET, and find an auditor near you.
11-13-2012, 12:38 PM #12