Inspecting Furnaces

A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of a residential dwelling that is designed to identify observed material defects within specific components of that dwelling.  Part of the home inspection includes the inspection, identification and description of the heating system.
The inspector is required to inspect the heating systems using normal operating controls, and describe the energy source and heating method. The inspector’s report shall describe and identify, in written format, the inspected heating system and shall identify material defects observed.
In order to perform an inspection according to InterNACHI’s residential Standards of Practice, an inspector must apply the knowledge of what the inspector understands about the different types of residential heating systems.  To fully inspect and identify a particular heating system, describe its heating method, and identify any material defects observed, an inspector should be able to explain:
  • the heating system;
  • its heating method;
  • its type or identification;
  • how the heating system operates;
  • how to maintain it; and
  • the common problems that may be found.

This article will help the home inspector explain the furnace to his/her clients.  Click here to read the entire article: Inspecting Furnaces.