New furnace blocking doorway, what can I do?
December 4, 2010 1:07 AM Subscribe
Old furnaced replace with new furnace in laundry room. Installers set it up in such a way that it sticks out past doorway far enough to block some of the doorway, now the entrance is effectively only 24" wide, which will make it impossible to every replace the washer and dryer. What are my options?
posted by [insert clever name here] to home & garden (12 answers total)
The doorway to the laundry room is is 32" wide. The new furnace sits just inside the door, but sticks out 8" past the edge of the door frame, leaving only 24" inches of space. My washer & dryer are each 27" wide.
The installers did say that it may stick out "a little bit", but when they gestured, they showed an inch or two. Yes, I probably should have asked exactly how much, but never dreamed that they'd put something in that would block access like they have. The work was done yesterday and just noticed tonight how much of a problem this is going to be.
So my question is, what can I do? I'm going to call the company Monday but want to know my options. It's a finished basement, and a framed, hollow door. I can't find any information online about minimum interior door size code in Wisconsin, so I don't think its a violation. On top of to of that, there is a gas line that sticks out in this space I could easily see bumping into; which also seems very unsafe to me.
Of the top of my head, the only thing I can think that can be done is moving the door itself over 8". I can't imagine that's cheap and I'm not handy enough to do myself. And there is an electric outlet immediately to the other side of the door, which would complicate things anyway.
If the company won't do anything about it, is there anything legal I can do if its not a code violation? Effectively it destroys the purpose of the room if the washer or dryer ever need to be replaced, but I don't know what kind of legal grounds I might have. And if no legal grounds, what else can I do? Are there any professional groups I can notify?