I live in NJ and have a code question. I want to put a new condensor "close" to our gas meter, 12-24" away, and under our electrical service.
While I have had a few companies out, only 1 has said we can not place it there. Anyone know if this is the case?
It's 3 feet minimum here. Talk with the code inforcement people and the gas company to see if there is a way to get a waiver for the distance.
Use the biggest hammer you like, pounding a square peg into a round hole does not equal a proper fit.
Forget the waiver attempt. Find another location.
Not allowed to be under the electrical meter either.
When I had my system installed about 5 years ago I was faced with the same problem. My installer told me if I was only replacing my outside compressor that I would not be required to move the compressor location.
Since I was replacing the entire system, gas furnace, coil, compressor & line set, I was told that I was required to move the compressor location a minimum of 3 feet from the gas meter.
Yep, same here......
Originally Posted by beenthere
3' from gas meter and you can't obstruct direct access to the power meter.
First, thanks to all who have responded.
I just went and measured it, I was a little off doing it from memory... Sorry about that...
It is 87" from gas (not meter but rather the pipe going into the ground, meter is farther) to electric meter which is 50" off the ground. If I go 36" from the pipe, then 37" for condensor, that leaves me 14" from the condensor to the electric meter. The other side of the meeting is also 14" to a wooden shed.
Think that is going to be ok?
Again I appreciate your responses.
I'd go with that Co. they are right.
Originally Posted by BuzzLitYr
3' here also for gas meter. We have a 30" rule to the side for elec. meter. (can't be in front of meter )
Know way of knowing your local rule but it can be more than that.
Best to get it right the first time.
While the company that said I couldn't put it there was also the one that came in, looked at the old condensor, looked at where I wanted to put it (and said I can't) then handed me a quote... Didn't even look at the coil, didn't go upstairs, heck all he saw was the living room, kitched and dinning room as he walked to the back yard...
The company I want to use will do a Manual J once I sign with them and have given me the high side in terms of $$$.
On a non-hvac note, I was having my driveway replaced (asphalt) and while the work was being done an inspector stopped and told the paving crew I needed a permit who in turn called me. I called the town who said that I didn't need one provided I was not increasing the size and in turn I called the paving crew and said to finish the job. Well guess what, I did need one. When I went down to the town later I was told the person I spoke with thought I was sealing the driveway. Now why would they have said I only needed one if I was increasing the size IF they thought I was simply sealing the driveway??? Still fighting that... Don't mind paying the permit fees, just no fines...
Still amazes me if you have the meter centered on an outside wall you could have 20' of area that you can't put the unit....
And your only dealing with codes and permits on your house for a few items.
We deal with it on a daily basis trying to find the room to vent this, set that, access this, and protect the other thing also.
And following the same lines, girlfriend calls this morning to ask about speaker wire and if it needs a permit, just to check the box, and was told yes... I personally couldn't believe it so stopped at the town again and was told that no I didn't need it..... Also asked again about the distance and am now being told 3-4'...
I am just amazed... Guess I will just sign the contract with the company and see where it ends up.
Any source of ignition (Condensor) must be 10' from a gas line, tank, etc. in Central VA, units must be 18" from wall and 36" from electric meter.