Furnace inspections are very important to ensure everyone’s safety. If a furnace is improperly installed, or is not operating properly it can result in hazardous conditions. Metropolitan Utilities District has five furnace inspectors throughout the city. During inspections, the following checks are made at the furnace:
• Is the furnace installed per manufacturer’s guidelines
• Has proper venting
• Has the proper amount of natural gas at maximum heat output
• Has proper electrical connection/disconnection
• Has adequate combustion air
• Has adequate space around it for maintenance
Through November 2013, our inspectors rejected 735 residential installations and 277 commercial installations. Reasons for rejections can range from the furnace unit not being installed per manufacturer’s specifications, lack of proper combustion air or improper venting. If inspections are not performed, any of these rejected furnace units, if put into service, could have led to a hazardous situation, such as a fire. This is why it is so important to call us when you get a new furnace installed.
So far this year, the number of “passed” inspections totaled 4,700 on the residential side and 2,262 on the commercial side. Once a furnace has “passed,” we will put a M.U.D. sticker on the unit showing the date it was inspected.
If you recently installed a new furnace and have not already had an inspection, please call 402.504.7949 or 402.554.6666.