Load Bearing Wall?

How do I know if a wall is a load bearing wall? I have a wall that splits the family room from the kitchen. I have been thinking about tearing it down to open up the kitchen some bit.

How do I find out if the wall is ok to remove it or not?
take it out and see what happens?

check down in the basement directly under that wall. If there is a wall or a beam or a jack post directly underneath it, then it is more than likely a load bearing wall.

Load bearing walls are usually down the center, or near the center of the house, running the length of the house, perpendicular to the floor joists/rafters.

Don’t know if this helps or not, but it’s kind of hard to tell without physically looking at it/the rest of the house. Honestly your best bet would be to have a contractor come in and look at it. Even if it is a load bearing wall, you can still take it out, just requires a bit more work.
Ahh gotcha. It doesn’t look like we have load Bearing walls. It seems that on each floor we have these Huge large metal joists that go across the floor. (They look like the beams you see on skyscrapers, but there is no walls that are held up by any pillars through out the townhouse.

I’ll probably just do what you recommend and take it out and see what happens. Nah just get a contractor in and see what they say.

Ahh gotcha. It doesn’t look like we have load Bearing walls. It seems that on each floor we have these Huge large metal joists that go across the floor. (They look like the beams you see on skyscrapers, but there is no walls that are held up by any pillars through out the townhouse.

I’ll probably just do what you recommend and take it out and see what happens. Nah just get a contractor in and see what they say.

It’s possible that you just have a metal I beam or two supporting each floor, and have no load bearing walls. I’d still recommend having someone check it out though.
Might run into problems too if you have electrical or plumbing in that wall.