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Michelle R., Home Buyer in 48021

Furnace in a crawl space?

Asked by Michelle R., 48021 Fri Sep 14, 2012

Is this something normal? I have an accepted offer on a home in Warren, MI 48089. I was not able to attend the inspection and reviewed the report summary. The furnance is a 2006 model however it is in the crawl space. Is this a big problem to deal with?

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Furnace in crawl space is not recommended due to access difficulties: Like periodic cleaning, changing filters. Also if the crawl space gets humid due to rain or snow; then it may be a concern on life and safety.

I am not sure of the new building code and you may want to check with the city building inspector on their opinion.

Good luck,
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 15, 2012
Ron brings up a good point, but I don't thing it is too big of a problem if you can still access it without too much difficulty. If it limits care capabilities, I'd recommend getting it placed in a different area. I'd check with an inspector first though. http://kohlesandbach.com/service/des-moines-furnace-installation-and-replacement/
Flag Mon Oct 27, 2014
That is a good point to bring up. While we hope everything lasts for ever without much work needing to be done that isn't how life usually goes. Having easy access to something like a furnace is something that should be important to people.
Flag Thu Sep 25, 2014
It might just make it hard to do furnace cleaning. That would be a problem
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 18, 2013
Ya, I was going to get some horse tee shirts but they cost too much to do this kind of work
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 31, 2013
Ya, that would be tough to clean, and with the maintenance, the crawl space repair seattle might be able to help move it out or something
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 31, 2013
I clean air ducts in the midwest for a living, and have for the last six years. In that time I have never come across a crawlspace furnace that was not full of mold. This is due, primarily, to the dark damp environment of the crawl space in general, and to the fact that no one likes getting in a crawl space so furnaces in the crawl tend to get the least possible attention even if you have a regular maintenance program for them.
If you do have one, you HAVE to put an ultraviolet air purifier on both sides of the furnace (supply and return side...) to keep mold from growing. These typically run $500.00 to $800.00 apiece.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 26, 2012
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