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How Hard Is It To Move A Furnace?

I’ve been considering moving the furnace in my basement for some time, as a way to open up more living space down there. Is it possible to move a furnace and how much does it cost?

The above question is just one of many we often receive from clients moving house or considering a remodel, who are thinking of changing the position of their furnace. This could be for a variety of reasons – whether to provide more usable space in the basement, to move the furnace to a more convenient or appropriate location, or to raise the furnace off the ground to prevent damage. But is furnace relocation the best choice for you and your situation? Here we look at some of the factors that need to be considered when thinking about furnace relocation, and how it could benefit your home.

Reasons For Furnace Relocation

There are several different reasons for deciding to relocate your furnace. One of the major reasons homeowners want to relocate their furnace is because it interferes with the floor plan, or they would like to open up more usable space in the basement and the furnace is in the way. Furnace relocation may be desirable during a home remodel or when you are replacing the furnace. In other cases, you may want to move the furnace to help protect it from potential damage, as furnaces located close to the ground can be damaged by flood waters. Whatever the reasons are for wanting to move your furnace, it’s strongly advised that you consult with a HVAC professional to identify the pros and cons of moving your furnace, and establish the best method of successfully moving the furnace while maintaining functionality.

Potential Issues with Furnace Relocation

Furnace relocation can pose a number of potential issues, depending on the current location of the furnace and the type of furnace you have. Some of the issues with furnace relocation that may affect you are listed below –

  • Vent or Chimney Pipe Connection – One of the most significant but often overlooked issues with furnace relocation is the vent or chimney pipe connection. Electric furnaces and high efficiency furnaces will have less of an issue in regards to chimney pipe connections, but relocating mid-efficient furnaces may require extensive changes to the chimney piping and venting, which can be expensive. Discussing the options with your local HVAC professional can help you decide whether it’s worthwhile to simply upgrade to a higher efficiency system.
  • Duct Relocation – Relocating ducts to correspond with the new furnace position can pose another set of problems. Your HVAC contractor will be able to determine whether the structure of your basement and the system you have allows for your furnace and ductwork to be relocated.
  • Gas and Electricity Feeding Lines – When the furnace is relocated, the gas and electricity lines that feed the furnace need to be relocated too. Moving the furnace only a small distance may not require much work in this regard, but moving the furnace longer distances will require re-routing gas or electricity lines, which always requires the input of a professional.

Due to the challenges that relocating a furnace can pose, when you’re considering moving your furnace the best idea is to contact your local HVAC professional to invite them to inspect your present system. This allows for professional input on deciding on the best option for your home and needs, whether that’s relocating your current system or upgrading to a more efficient and high performing HVAC system.

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