I have done various commercial and residential HVAC work around Chicago for over 10 years now. There have been countless times when I have arrived at a home or a place of business to repair an air conditioner, furnace or fridge and the space that the equipment was located had virtually no space to work. It seems that architectural designers assume nothing ever breaks so they place all this equipment in a space designed to fit that equipment, and that equipment only. I do understand that equipment rarely breaks when its new, however, buildings usually have a life span of 25+ years, and when equipment begins to get older, parts start to degrade or break at a more frequent interval, and eventually the whole unit needs to be replaced, but how are the repairmen supposed to fix, or replace, this equipment there is no room to do so? I also understand equipment rooms are usually treated as a secondary space, where most users do not have access, but accessibility by repairmen is imperative and their livelihood is dependent on whether or not they can fix the broken equipment.
6′, 210 lbs, Asian, Male