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"Consolidated Furnaces Are A Fire Hazard"- Fallbrook Home Inspector
"Consolidated Furnaces Are A Fire Hazard"- Fallbrook Home Inspector If you have a horizontal, gas-fired furnace in your attic and your home was built between 1983 and 1995, you should contact a professional home inspector and have your furnace evaluated. Somewhere between 750,000 and 1.2 million inferior-made furnaces were manufactured by Consolidated Industries between 1983 and 1991. These units were distributed nationwide and many still exist in homes today. As a Fallbrook home inspector, I often find these units installed and in use in many southern California homes. Most times, the owner is completely unaware of the hazard they pose. These furnaces present a serious fire hazard and have been responsible for many house fires.
First, let's identify these hazardous units:
The easiest way to identify one is to look for the "ash tray" plates that were mounted on many of the units. If you see one or two of these "ash trays" on your furnace, there is a high probability it is a Consolidated furnace.
Next, look at the manufacturer's label. If the model number begins with HAC, HCC, HCA or HBA it is not safe to use. These are the most ... more
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