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Old 07-08-2009, 06:17 PM
 
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has anyone heard of having a furnace in the attic? offer accepted on a house, when i visited a 2nd time and looked more carefully, learned the furnace is in the attic. is this ever desirable? will it be a headache of problems to deal with? agent said it's fine, gives more space in the basement. i don't understand why this was done, it's not like the basement is that small.
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:50 PM
 
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has anyone heard of having a furnace in the attic? offer accepted on a house, when i visited a 2nd time and looked more carefully, learned the furnace is in the attic. is this ever desirable? will it be a headache of problems to deal with? agent said it's fine, gives more space in the basement. i don't understand why this was done, it's not like the basement is that small.
I've had furnaces right in my apartment behind a sliding door but I've never seen a house that had one in the attic. I wonder how the air goes down into the house though, I guess the blower fan pushes it down? But then you lose the hot-air-rising effect.
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:08 PM
 
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I have zoned heating and have a furnace in the attic. Most newer homes with zoned heating do. It works just fine.

The air flows through the duct work and rises or sinks once it escapes the vents.

Your air conditioner is outside...and cold air sinks, so are you supposed to install air conditioners on the roof?
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Westwood, NJ
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Yes, this is normal. You see this in newer homes.
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:26 PM
 
Location: NJ/NY
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2 of my furnaces are in the attic. They work just fine.
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:29 PM
 
Location: NJ
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we have one also, no problems.
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Old 07-09-2009, 04:39 AM
 
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I'll agree with the others- no problem at all with a furnace in the attic. The one thing you do have to consider, however, is making sure your drip pan stays clean- when you get condensation on the AC coil in the summer (something that's unavoidable), if the pan is dirty, the drain line can get plugged and overflow the pan. The result is water dripping through your ceiling. Newer units have a water level alarm that will shut the unit down if there's a problem- on older units, you just have to keep the pan clean, which is an easy task to do every time you change the filter.
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Old 07-09-2009, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Stewartsville, NJ
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I'll agree with the others- no problem at all with a furnace in the attic. The one thing you do have to consider, however, is making sure your drip pan stays clean- when you get condensation on the AC coil in the summer (something that's unavoidable), if the pan is dirty, the drain line can get plugged and overflow the pan. The result is water dripping through your ceiling. Newer units have a water level alarm that will shut the unit down if there's a problem- on older units, you just have to keep the pan clean, which is an easy task to do every time you change the filter.
The drain pan under the unit is a secondary pan... the unit itself should have a drain pan inside and if that fails, the condensation should drip into the second pan. If it's dripping into the second pan, you should have the unit inspected and the piping coming out of the unit checked and cleared.

The newer units have 3 outlets... one as primary and if that fails or gets clogged, water should drain out of the unit via the second pipe and if that fails...then it will drain out of the secondary drain pan.
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Old 07-09-2009, 07:43 AM
 
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Yep, I have a brand new home, its in the attic. Only time it has been an issue is when I had an electrical issue. Trying to swap out circuit boards in 110* heat in the attic with no breeze was not fun.
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Stewartsville, NJ
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another piece of advice...
Hopefully they put the filter in a grill that is accessible from the living area (central return). We have been called out on so many unit issues because the homeowner had no idea that they were expected to crawl into the attic every 3 months in order to change the filter. Not changing the filter will kill your system!!!
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