I just purchased a ranch with crawl space built in 1961. Originally the home had a boiler for the heat. It was converted (rehabbed) to have forced air. The room with the hotwater tank and the furnace/air conditionar is located between the living room and a back bedroom. The cold air return is in the living room and it is SO noisy when the furnace kicks on, we have to raise the volumn of the TV. Any thoughts on how to quiet it down? I read a post from 2004 that said to remove the vent cover and see what happens and to possible get a vent with larger vents or add another cold air return to the house may help. Anything else? thanks
When you say increase the size of the return box, do you mean the cut out in the wall where the cold air return is? Or do you mean only the cover that goes over the space? Thank you very much for your help.
Did I mention this house was a re-hab? The original source of heat was a boiler. The people took the boiler out and replaced it with forced air heat/air conditioning furnace. In the house the air ducts are in the ceilings of the rooms. The cold air return is in the living room (of all places) and it is very loud when whatever it is kicks on. The grille in appearance extends beyond the cut out in the wall. The furnace itself is in an enclosed area that hold the hot water tank and the furnace, my home is basement less with a crawl space. The system sits in a "room" by themselves. This cut out for the cold air return I can see it thru the grates...or vents...when I see it from in the room the furnace sits in, i see a part of the furnace going up towards the cold air return and that's in the wall facing the living room, then there's a cut out for it...and then another cut out where the grille is. it looks like the cut out of the living room wall is a little larger than where the furnance "vent" extends in to. I think i am going to have to call a furnace person to look at this piece of work. The other option I was thinking of trying was to find a cover with the vents a little larger than what is up there now. Thanks for your help. Any other advice?
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