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So a HVAC contractor walks into a bar

Discussion in 'Mechanical Codes' started by cda, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. cda

    cda Sawhorse

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    Make that an office, and has a question

    What should they do if they find a house with a unit putting out

    1. Low levels of CO?

    2. Medium levels of CO?

    And the house owner does not want to fix it anytime soon??

    And winter is strarting/heater time.


    And a legitiment hvac company, not trying to make money, but maybe save lives and a day in court.
     
  2. ICE

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    Alert the gas company. Any time I have to alert the gas company they are there in minutes. Edison is nonchalant....the gas company is anal. Of course I get name, rank and serial number which I suppose scares some people. I like the gas company. My bill is $12 this month. I'll give'em a call if you want.
     
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  3. BLangley

    BLangley Registered User

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    Maryland recently had a case on similar facts:

    https://mdcourts.gov/data/opinions/cosa/2018/1719s16.pdf

    https://www.macdonaldlawgroup.com/blog/2018/08/maryland-court-of-special-appeals-expands-duty-of-service-contractors-to-inspect-and-to-warn-of-pote.shtml

    Sounds like they've warned and service was refused. Probably something they want to document explicitly with the owner's signatures. Also might be worth a call to their attorney to set a standard method. Certainly won't be the last owner to pick short-term wants and needs over their long-term health/life.
     
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    Great Post. Food for thought for all inspectors and contractors when encountering significant concerns.
     
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    Was it a bar or a water column?
     
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    there have been contractors who write this up to gain extra work - I personally know one. I had called him to do a service and his report stated CO levels. I did not like his quote to do the repairs on an older boiler I had, so I called another contractor who came out and could not detect CO. I also had a CO Detector in that room that never went off (neither contractor knew this). Luckily for me I was able to get a energy grant and replaced that boiler with a high efficiency unit that no longer relies on natural draft.
     
  7. cda

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    I understand the vultures

    One debate is

    Where do you take the reading?

    Near the heat exchanger ?

    In the plenum?

    In a room down the way, where the co level may have disapted ??
     

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