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Inspector clueless about furnace recall

Home buyer seeks recourse for having to replace unit after moving in

Dear Barry, When we purchased our home, the home inspection report listed the furnace as "serviceable." After moving in, we had problems with heating, so we called a heating contractor. He said we have a Premier furnace that was recalled because of major safety problems. So now we have to buy a new furnace. Our Realtor says the home inspector is responsible. But the home inspector says he can't be expected to know about every product that's been recalled. Is the home inspector liable for having approved the furnace or are we stuck with the expense ourselves? --Jessica Dear Jessica, Home inspectors, in most cases, are not liable for product recall notices. But the Premier furnace matter is not a typical recall. It is probably the most widely publicized, most well-known recall to occur in many years. It has been a frequent subject of discussion among home inspectors -- and even among Realtors -- since 1999, and has been the topic of seminars, trade journals and even newspape...

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