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  1. #1
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    Jan 2013

    New York State building code for furnace venting?

    The inlet on my 2006 Trane furnace froze up. I found that the contractor installed the vent too close to the inlet, and didn't make the vent long enough; per Trane's installation instructions. He fixed the second and sorta fixed the first.

    However I also found that the vent was 11" from an inside corner and 4" from an overhead deck. I am told that is grossly inadequate, but Trane simply says to follow local code on those.

    I checked with the local building inspector. He says that the only applicable local code is the NYS building code. In 2007 that was changed to require vents to be 4' from inside corners; previous to that it wasn't mentioned. He finds nothing on distance from something overhead.

    Is that correct? Was the contractor in compliance in 2006? I am hoping someone might be familiar with this.
    The inspector is overworked and admits he doesn't know as much as he would like about furnaces as he would like; so I wonder if he is missing something.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Calgary, Alberta
    The vent and intake will never work right under a deck, And the deck will rot quickly.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    State College, PA
    Around here you can not run vent or intake under a deck. Not sure is that will answer your question, but thought I would at lease throw that out.

    I have had to run the vent and intake under and out beyond the deck. Big pain but worked fine.
    Can someone please explain to me -
    Why is there never enough time to do it right the first time, but plenty of time to do it twice?

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    I am aware it is wrong.
    I am asking if NYS code forbid it in 2006.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    If there was nothing in the code about it until they changed the code in 2007, then it probably passed NYS code in 2006.

    Your local code inspector is the authority. Ask him to verify it was inspected and passed by him in 2006.
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