Fired up over furnace violations

Inspector may be liable for 'unclear disclosure'

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DEAR BARRY: When I bought my house, the home inspector found nothing wrong with the furnace, but his report says, "The furnace may need maintenance or repair soon." This did not seem urgent at the time, so we bought the house, assuming that the furnace was operative. But yesterday, the man from the gas company said the furnace has code violations and is not safe to use. I don't understand how my home inspector missed these problems. What should I do? --Heather DEAR HEATHER: It would help to know exactly what kinds of code violations are involved. Not all code violations are difficult or expensive to repair. Specifics matter a lot. For example, a disconnected flue pipe is a code violation and is very dangerous. But repairing a disconnected flue can be a quick and easy job for a qualified contractor. On the other hand, a furnace that is installed in a prohibited location, such as a bedroom closet, violates code, is potentially hazardous, and could require costly rel...