How hot is too hot?

Home Inspector with Thornton Safety and Inspection, LLC

Here are some pictures of a furnace we checked during a recent home inspection. We used an infrared camera to scan the furnace cabinet and found hotspots on the cabinet in excess of 220 degrees F. This is a good indication that the heat exchanger has failed. This can be a fire hazard but also a safety hazard due to combustion gases entering the air supply ducts. We were able to alert the buyer of the hazard and let them know of a costly defect.

Here is a link to a great article covering the dangers of Carbon Monoxide


Thornton Safety and Inspection, LLC 

Home Inspectors Brandon MS

Hot spot on furnace cabinetHot spot on the furnace cabinet

Comments (15)

Marc McMaster
RE/MAX Centre Realty - State College, PA
Putting my clients before myself

Wow, that's really cool and innovative.  I haven't seen anyone in my area using a heat camera yet. 

Apr 10, 2013 09:18 PM
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

Wow! At 220 degrees you can boil water on that spot.

Apr 10, 2013 09:34 PM
Mary Hillerman
Crye-Leike Realtors® - Bentonville, AR

Another good reason to hire a good home inspector.  Thanks for the post.

Apr 10, 2013 09:44 PM
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

Great information here. A good home inspection, by a good home inspector is crucial!!!    


Apr 10, 2013 10:20 PM
Keith Lawrence
Christie's International - Mahwah, NJ

The pictures does tell the story.  Good post

Apr 10, 2013 10:25 PM
Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore

Nice piece of equipment. Very useful.  An ounce of prevention is worth a thousand pounds of fixing later.

Apr 10, 2013 11:16 PM
Heather Bowman
Complete Realty, LLC - Flint, MI
Heather Bowman, Michigan Realtor

How scary it must have been for the owner's to find that out! Lesson learned: ALWAYS do an inspection!

Apr 10, 2013 11:42 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Amazing tool that can come in handy when diagnosing a in point here...thank you

Apr 10, 2013 11:43 PM
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

in a word: OUCH!  even taking the CO issue out of the mix, 220 is friggin hot!

Apr 11, 2013 12:24 AM
Michelle Wunker
Western Skies Real Estate - Billings, MT
Your Real Estate Coach

I am wondering how often inspectors use an infrared camera.  Neat technology.

Apr 11, 2013 01:07 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Sean, good detective work also includes the necessary tools to get the job done. Your infrared camera did the trick. Good catch!

Apr 11, 2013 01:09 AM
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Wow that is really neat.  And, can save a home in the process. 

Apr 11, 2013 01:45 AM
Ridhi Raheja
Movement Mortgage (Illinois) - Naperville, IL
FHA, 203k, VA, Jumbo, PreApproval, Jumbo Home Loan

Cool! It really pays to hire a good home inspector for your home.

Apr 11, 2013 01:48 AM
Gary Steuernagel ASSOC. BROKER, ABR, CRB
Keller Williams Southwest - Sugar Land, TX

That's why the choice of inspector is so important and shouldn't be based only on price!!!  Great post!

Apr 11, 2013 02:25 AM
Cooper Jacobs
Looking For A Seattle Realtor? COOPERJACOBS.COM - Seattle, WA
Real Estate Brokers - Seattle

Great BLOG. We truly appreciate the technology that's coming around in our industry.

Thank you for sharing the information a posting in such an interesting way.

Apr 12, 2013 12:10 AM