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canuck88 03-17-2013 03:22 PM

Moving furnace 5 feet
 
Hi all,

Looking to move our furnace 5 feet - will stay on existing trunks/duct work:

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This move will make a dramatic difference in the way our basement is laid out when finished.

2 questions:

1) besides a gas fitter, AC guy to extend the AC line, and duct fabricator, are there any other professionals I'll need? I plan to move the unit, the electrical, and exhaust pipes myself.

2) would it be possible to rotate the furnace 90 degrees after moving it? The unit will still be under the hot ductwork, but the cold air return will also be under the hot and will need to elbow over to the main return line (hopefully the photos show at)...

Anything else I should be considering?

joecaption 03-17-2013 03:53 PM

As much money and work as that's going to involve I'd be coming up with a plan B on this one.

gregzoll 03-17-2013 03:53 PM

The expensive part will be the labor in the moving of the furnace, water heater, softner, draining of the a/c lines, water lines, patching the holes where the horizontal trunks had the verticals from the furnace connected. Materials would be minimal, but you are probably looking at new lines for the a/c, unless they just extend them, electric may be pulled as a new run, or they may just use a junction box. holes in the trunks, would be fixed, by pulling down the section where the trunks are connected now, and moving the section from where they are going to connect it at, and just reinstall the two sections.

If the crew is good, they could probably have everything all knocked out in four hours if they rush and have enough guys, but if it is a single guy or even a one man operation with a helper, you could be looking at maybe 8 hours. I would call the original company that installed the unit first, and get a quote from them.

Make sure you have a good floor plan where it is going, made from a copy of the original blue prints.

gregzoll 03-17-2013 03:57 PM

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Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1139524)
As much money and work as that's going to involve I'd be coming up with a plan B on this one.

I do not see it going to be a lot of money, unless you get a company that is a union company that is on the high end do the work. I am lucky that I have a one man operation that does this stuff, and with me helping him do the labor part, we could have it knocked out in one day.

I am looking at around $200 for a W/H install Tuesday, then some other stuff like a tempering valve for the toilet and the outside bib changed out, which would probably make my bill around $400. When he did our A/C, I think that it was something like $600 for the line & labor to connect the linset from the a/c to the A-Coil. I did the electric and placing of the outside unit & A-Coil, so that saved some money there.

Of course we both were joking the other day, that the two of us "old men" are going to be feeling it, from hauling the old w/h out of the basement Tuesday, and bringing down the new one from the garage. Tried to get my son and a couple of his wrestling buddies from school to haul the new unit downstairs on Friday, but they wouldn't.

canuck88 03-18-2013 05:56 AM

Thanks for the insight... If it costs less than $1,000 it will be worth it for us. Also, we'll be installing new AC this summer so we were going to have new AC lines run at that time anyways...

gregzoll 03-18-2013 07:41 AM

It will actually cost you more than $1,000, I can tell you that. As for the outside unit, what is wrong with it, and keep in mind, that you may be required to change out the A-Coil if moving from a smaller size tonnage to a larger.

canuck88 03-18-2013 09:29 PM

The outside unit is about 12 years old and has been on its last legs for the past 2 summers.... I've got some HVAC guys doing to quote next week - will be interesting what they have to say!

Doc Holliday 03-18-2013 10:03 PM

I've moved plenty of a/c systems that were not as specific in build as that for well over a grand. You need to realize what all's involved. It's not s simple as simply "moving" it. It needs to be deconstructed and re-installed as if new completely. I would not touch yours for under $2500-ish, low ball. but that's just me.


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