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  1. #1
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    contortionist call

    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.
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    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.

  3. #3
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    They must figure that as long as there is 1 square foot around the t-stat...they are good.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Homeowner install-Access panels facing return duct. Cant service the thing but imagine the money he saved on the install!!
    Every customer you take for granted today will be someone else's tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DLZ Dan View Post
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    Homeowner install-Access panels facing return duct. Cant service the thing but imagine the money he saved on the install!!
    Holy crap...

    You win.

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    Inaccessible, have a nice day!!!! On to the next one

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    Luckily, Sandy took care of this one for me-along with 2 boilers and 2 water heaters.
    Quote Originally Posted by nismo1 View Post
    Inaccessible, have a nice day!!!! On to the next one
    Every customer you take for granted today will be someone else's tomorrow.

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    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."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DLZ Dan View Post
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    Homeowner install-Access panels facing return duct. Cant service the thing but imagine the money he saved on the install!!
    HEY! Is that my basement!?
    Which 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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedkidd View Post
    HEY! Is that my basement!?
    Upstate is a teeeeeeny bit out of my coverage area. he basement isnt normally this disorganized, Sandy filled it with 5' of water. The local FD was pumping fish out of the basement.
    Every customer you take for granted today will be someone else's tomorrow.

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