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Topic:   Furnace clearance - 3386 visits (2 today, 4 this week)

Frank Bombardiere
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home inspection posted January 26, 2006 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Frank Bombardiere   Click Here to Email Frank Bombardiere     Edit/Delete Message


When they state the furnace cabinet clearances on the data plate, such a 0 clearance on the sides and 3" front. Is the 3" clearance in the front more for the make up air intake or is it for fire safety reasons?

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home inspection posted January 26, 2006 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tony Keith   Click Here to Email Tony Keith     Edit/Delete Message


Frank, is this an electric unit or gas. If it is gas are they asking for 3" or 3'. Servicing of the unit would need 3' and fame rollout could need more room than the 3"'s listed. Do you have more information?

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home inspection posted January 27, 2006 05:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Frank Bombardiere   Click Here to Email Frank Bombardiere     Edit/Delete Message


It has door that opens to the closet for servicing. It is a new unit and it says 3-inches front clearance. The reason I asked is that it says 0 side clearance and there are open knock outs for pipe instalation if it were installed horizontal. I was thinking if it can have zero clearance with those knockouts, then the front clearance must be to keep the louvered front door open to draw air and not so much for heat reasons. The burners on this model were a good 8-inches inset from the front door so it would take some major roll out to get out the front.

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home inspection posted January 27, 2006 06:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Banks     Edit/Delete Message


Frank, Like Tony said the 3 feet is so the unit can be serviced.
Dave

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home inspection posted January 27, 2006 06:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tony Keith   Click Here to Email Tony Keith     Edit/Delete Message


I would agree with your reasoning Frank, the front needs to have air. Flame roll out is always a consideration, thoough if the data plate states 3", by golly then, and if the install follows along the rules, I'd say it is good to go.

Frank, did it state the clearances to be from non-combustible materials

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