Originally Posted by WayWard Wind
You think A/S trailers are badly designed!! I worked 30+ years for a natural gas utility and you wouldn't believe some of the places
where they designed for furnaces, water heaters, etc to be installed... Engineers never have to repair items where they designed them to be placed,....
Actually, it is the architect who takes the blame here. The engineer just works our a way to make the equipment function in the space which he is allotted. It is the architect who, for example, decides he wants live plants in boxes 30 feet up the walls of an atrium - with can ceiling lights above that, naturally.
On the one topic of the furnace under the stove, I find that quite a good use of space. I've had the unit in and out a couple of times and did not think it to be a problem at all - 10 minutes in or out, max. On the other hand, the water heater placement referenced above is, I think, a clever idea gone wrong. I mean, the space is there, and there is really nothing else that could make good use of it, but boy-oh-boy is it a pain to get at.