How To Move HVAC Duct In Wall - HVAC - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > HVAC


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-16-2012, 12:09 PM   #1
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10

How to Move HVAC Duct in Wall

Hello. I am new to this site. We are in the design phase of a kitchen remodel. There is a HVAC duct in the wall that is shared by our kitchen and dining room. It does not serve the kitchen or dining room (both on main floor), but is a duct that has been run through the wall to serve a bedroom on the second floor.

Here's the dilemma and question: The door to the dining room from the kitchen is installed 6" to the side of the duct. We want to move the doorway to accomodate our new kitchen design. There are two options for doing so, but both will result in the HVAC duct running through some portion of the door opening. My husband is convinced that there is no way to move this vent. Isn't there some way we could install an elbow or angle type duct in the wall below this, reroute the vent around the new door location, and another above the door to connect with the original duct proceeding to the second floor? Will it be extremely expensive? I know it will take removing the ceiling and a wall in a portion of our finished basement to do so, but feel there must be some way to accomplish this move, as I know that water and electrical lines are moved all the time.

We have not contacted an architect or contractor as of yet as I am in the process of coming up with a design that my husband and I can both agree with, and this vent placement has become a huge stumbling block.

Thank you for any input to this!


redcornergarden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2012, 03:45 PM   #2
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 588
Rewards Points: 676

I think this may take some pictures at the very minimum to assess the situation.

If you are resigned to tearing out a bunch of walls and ceilings, why not just move the whole duct to either side of the new doorway? Can it be moved in the bedroom? Is there a closet/pantry in the kitchen you can run it through?

To do the elbows as you mention, you would have to go "through" the 2x4s supporting the wall.



Beepster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2012, 07:45 PM   #3
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 39
Rewards Points: 70

It is not realistic to make the transitions in the wall on the main floor, they will need to take place in the joist cavities or just under the joists at both the basement ceiling and main floor ceiling. How difficult this is (and whether it will require a bulkhead) depends on the specifics of your house.

How old is the house? Is the register in the bedroom in the floor or on the wall? Have you opened up the wall yet?
Dog5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2012, 07:58 PM   #4
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 615
Rewards Points: 500

In most cases it can be done,but without pictures of what is there now and where the new door will be its impossible to tell you how.
REP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2012, 11:10 PM   #5
Registered User
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 11,730
Rewards Points: 526

redcornergarden, please post same exact question in only this forum, otherwise it is confusing. Members will read your question and answers here, the best place for it. Thank you, Gary

P.S.- how about some pictures to help others answer: pick from the first five:
If any ads are present below my answer or words underlined/colored, I do not condone/support/use the product or services listed/linked to, they are there without my consent.
17,000 dryer fires a year, when did you last clean the inside of the dryer near motor or the exhaust ducting?
Gary in WA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2012, 09:06 AM   #6
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 39
Rewards Points: 70

Yet another post-and-run. I remember now why I stopped posting answers to specialized web forums about ten years ago.


Dog5 is offline   Reply With Quote

ducts , hvac , hvac vents , moving doorway , moving hvac ducts

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Problem with in wall dryer duct. darsunt HVAC 5 02-02-2012 12:23 PM
Dryer duct angle to outside wall? John_W Building & Construction 0 08-17-2011 09:06 AM
Bathroom HVAC duct 1stclasso HVAC 8 02-28-2011 01:13 PM
Advice on retaining wall replacement (pics inside) eastie Building & Construction 0 04-05-2010 10:32 AM
hanging 9" kitchen cabinet (wall) and hit air duct, no stud phunam04 Building & Construction 4 06-16-2009 10:08 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1