Furnace installation. They should loose their license. Home inspection

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Furnace installation. They should loose their license. Home inspection in Artesia, New Mexico.

When inspecting homes, there are a few things I find that really make my blood boil over. Like a really poor installation of electrical, water heaters and furnaces.

These are being installed by licensed contractors that seem to not "Have a clue" as to what is correct and what is not correct.

Permits being issued?

No they are not being issued. If they were, the work would have been inspected by the local mechanical inspector. This "Shoddy work" would have certainly been called out and "red flagged" if inspected.

If the installers don't apply for a permit, then in all fairness the local inspectors don't have a clue as to what had been installed and what had not been installed. Therefor  they would not inspect what had not had a permit issued.

Licensed installers?

Was this unit installed by a licensed mechanical professional?

Yes it was, according to the home owner. In my opinion. There should be a fine and a mandatory re schooling requirement for the installer.

Safety Issue.

Take a look at the way this furnace exhaust had been installed.

The stack and cap was not ran through the roof of the home like the old unit's exhaust had been ran.

When this unit was installed the installer cut corners. A lot of corners. This new exhaust vent now terminates below the kitchen window. Letting the possible exhaust fumes from the vent into the home if the window was to be open.

Furnace.Roof vent left open.

The photo on the left shows the flashing that was left completely open after the removal of the old furnace stack.

Then we have a look at the new furnace.

But here is the major issue with this install.

The install.

The stack terminates below the kitchen window. This stack should have been ran back through the roof like the old unit had been. This is a major safety concern.

Stack terminates below window.Stack below window.

When informing the buyers of the potential safety issues. The buyer walked out and said the install took place last fall.

"I am going to call them and have the complete the work to code". I informed her to wait till I and the buyers have left the home. I nor the buyers would want to have any type of confrontation with the heating contractors.

Do the job correctly and get a permit. Then we would not have these issues. 

This is why you always get a "Trust But Verify Inspection" by a certified inspector. For the peace of mind.

Call Clint at 1-575-706-5586

Have a great day every one.

 

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Clint  McKie

Owner of Desert Sun Home Inspections Carlsbad, New Mexico. Eddy County's only certified home inspection service WITH OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE. Serving all of South East New Mexico. We inspect the homes entire structure from the roof to the foundation, and everything in between. Most reports within 4-24 hours from time of inspection completion. We issue a PDF report with pictures Starting at $250.00 for each home inspection. Why settle for less when you can have the best?

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Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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The flex line goes right into the unit, a big no no.  That roof vent is pathetic!

Mar 21, 2014 07:55 AM #9
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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
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Clint: All the more reason WHY potential buyers need to have a home inspection by a reputable and thorough inspector.

Mar 21, 2014 06:26 PM #10
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Dorie,

It was not a cheap install. I am sure it cost a lot for this crappy work.

Have a great day in Canyon Creek.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 21, 2014 08:14 PM #11
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Wayne,

That is a realistic look at things. I would have never guessed that this might be the issue. Uncle Bob seems to be everywhere.

Have a nice day in Fort Myers.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 21, 2014 08:21 PM #12
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

The homeowners should call the BBB and turn them in Clint.

Mar 21, 2014 08:22 PM #13
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Raymond.

This was a 80+ % furnace, PVC starts with the 95% + furnaces. The "B" vent is correct just about 20 foot short.

Have a good day in Rochester.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 21, 2014 08:25 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Conrad,

True, every time no exceptions. Keep the installers honest. I bet there wass one on their bill thogh.

Have a great day in Webster today.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 21, 2014 08:27 PM #15
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Mr. Bond,

This is true and why It gets my blood boiling when I see shoddy work like this.

Have a very good day in Ohio.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 21, 2014 08:29 PM #16
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Ginny,

I am with Angies list. Not the BBB because of the costs with joining them.

But very good advice for the buyers, sellers and anyone.

Have a great weekend in North kingstown.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 21, 2014 08:33 PM #17
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hello Tom,

So true. When using a contractor, you have to trust them. Till they don't do the job correctly. Then never again. This seems to be a trend with this contractor.

Have a good Saturday in Placerville.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 21, 2014 08:36 PM #18
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Adrian,

Cheapest is not always the best way to go. But no matter the bid, the job still had to be completed correctly.

Have a nice weekend in the Seattle areas.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 21, 2014 08:38 PM #19
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Jay,

Not only those issues, see the sediment trap? It is on the wrong side of the flex line.

But the vent did have the proper slope out of the home. WOO HOO.

Have a great weekend in Bristow.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 21, 2014 08:40 PM #20
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Anita,

This comment could not be more true. How do you stress it enough without looking or sounding like you just want more inspections? Safety is number one priority.

Have a nice Saturday in Warner Robins.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 21, 2014 08:43 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Conrad,

I think they should just call the mechanical inspector and ask them to come out. Then the installer would get a fine and still have to finish the job to code.

Have a great day in Webster my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 21, 2014 08:45 PM #22
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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
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Well now Clint we know what pushes your buttons now so when I hear from Uncle Bob and cousin Willy I'll let them know.

Mar 21, 2014 09:15 PM #23
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

What I really want to know is this - did you have a little spin around the neighborhood in that truck?

Mar 21, 2014 09:23 PM #24
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Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
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Hello Clint ... and when it comes to furnaces and gas, you need a professional to install furnaces. Peoples lives can be lost if their not installed right. Featured to the group:

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Mar 21, 2014 09:47 PM #25
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi James,

You can tell them when they are there at your home installing your new water heater and furnace. Tell Willy I said hi and he better not come back to New Mexico. LOL

Have a nice day in Rogers my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 21, 2014 09:56 PM #26
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Jay,

I tried but the battery was dead. I guess the exterior plugs didn't work. But that is for another post.

Have a great weekend in Bristow.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 21, 2014 09:58 PM #27
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hello Vegas Bob,

This is so right. Your comment i mean. But not the installation of the furnace. This could end up being a deadly situation. Thanks for Featuring the post.

Have a nice weekend in Las Vegas.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 21, 2014 10:00 PM #28
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