First I am not a contractor or HVAC expert.
A year ago I moved into this 10yr old 2100 sq ft. home in the San Jose,
The furnace is in the attic, laying on its side, sitting on two steel
"feet" about 2 inches above the drain pan.
There are multiple leaks - the worst (feels like 2x the air that comes
out of a register) is on the bottom of the unit along the seam of the
furnace and condenser box. It is impossible to get this seam with a 2"
A furnace contractor wants $2100 to raise the furnance, fix the leaks,
and re-attach the drain pipe, etc. The also said that currently the
drain pipe is out of code because the furnance isn't high enough (I am
guessing due to shallow angle of pipe).
I don't mind paying a $100/hr to fix the leaks, and drainage, but it
seems to me hanging the furnance wouldn't be too difficult.
The question is, how do you typically hang a furnance? I would guess
the furnance is 300lbs, and the roof is supported by engineered
trusses. So attaching a 2x6 across the trusses near the roof line
(about 3 ft off the peak), and hanging the furnance 6~8 inches above
the drain pan should work fine, correct? I could also strap it to the
original platform to prevent any swaying.
I am aware I will have to add/change some duct work to prevent kinking,
My second question is, do you think this is an issue that the home
builder should cover under their warranty (which expires in 2 months)?
The furnance contractor says it was installed incorrectly. I would
appreciate any suggestions that might convince them to at least pay for
1/2 of it without involving lawyers.