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This unit was replaced in a tiny efficiency apartment and the utility closet sits next to the fridge. The closet HAD a door on it before that tempered the sound of the unit somewhat, and also looked nicer than a big ugly unit sitting 3 inches further into the room.

My landlord has informed me that this is just the way it is. I'm a more than a little concerned about whether or not this is safe. Shouldn't a door be on it?

  • Is this HVAC unit a furnace that burns gas or oil, or an air handler that just has a blower and electric heat strips and/or an air conditioning coil on it? – ThreePhaseEel Jun 10 at 3:35
  • Extend the walls of the closet. – Solar Mike Jun 10 at 4:23
  • what difference would a door make? – jsotola Jun 10 at 4:28
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    @jsotola it served as a noise baffle and aesthetic cover. – Dan Is Fiddling By Firelight Jun 10 at 10:39
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    The landlord has made a substantial change to the apartment that changes the living conditions. You may want to carefully read through your lease to see if you have any grounds for remedy or breaking the contract if you feel the noise is unacceptable and the landlord is unwilling to do anything about it. I hate to say "lawyer up", but sadly, this sounds like it may be more suited for Law than Home Improvement. Before doing that, at least ask the landlord if you can do something about it and deduct the expense from your rent (providing itemized receipts, of course). – FreeMan Jun 10 at 12:14

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