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OIL FURNACE TROUBLESHOOTING
Installing an Oil Furnace in the Garage
 


Q. Room over garage is being converted to living space. Can I install a furnace in the garage and duct up into the rooms.
   
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An oil furnace may be installed in the garage with the following cautions:

  1. The furnace must have “sealed combustion”, meaning no open flame. The modern oil furnace meets this requirement.
     
  2. The burner must be 18 inches above the floor.
     
  3. Combustible air should be piped directly to the furnace, garage air should not be used.
     
  4. A barrier or curb must be installed to prevent a car from striking the furnace.
     
  5. The furnace cannot heat the garage and the space above it, one or the other. Air from the garage cannot be shared with the space above it.
     
  6. Ducts must be fireproof or enclosed in fire code sheet rock.
   
   
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