Heating Certifications - 1-4 Unit Buildings
Chicago and Suburbs in Cook, DuPage, Will and Kane Counties

Appraisers call for Heating Certifications when they notice unusual aspects of the heating system of the property they are appraising or the utilities are off, preventing a sampling of parts of the system. There are also times when a home inspector or seller makes a comment about the heating service that prompt the need for more information.


What is a Heating Certification? We need to be able to mark the box on the form that states; "This inspection reveals that the heating system is functioning properly and is capable of furnishing adequate heat for this dwelling." Gas space heaters are required to be "properly installed to assure fixed placement and are properly vented or be equipped with an oxygen depletion valve and UL listed for non-vented use."

What should be done before the inspector goes to the property? The gas (oil) and electric service will need to be on. All areas of the building(s) need to be accessible and the main furnace area should not have any obstructions blocking it. Forced air and gravity units need to be turned off 1 hour or longer prior to the inspection and hot water or steam units need to be turned on 2 hours prior to the inspection. All air duct vents need to open or all radiators turned on and bled if necessary.

What equipment will be inspected? Gravity and forced air systems will include an inspection of the main shut off valve, heat exchanger (if visible and accessible), and all venting for air flow and heating temperature.

Gas space heater systems will include an inspection of the main shut off valve, proper venting, and proper placement of the units. Gas space heater gas lines are required to be rigid gas pipe and electric fans, if part of space heater, can not be powered using extension cords.

Hot water or steam systems will include an inspection of the boiler for active leaks, proper gauges, temperature and pressure relief valve and main shut off valve.

All systems will be checked for proper operation of the thermostat(s), proper venting to the chimney, excessive soot build up and proper operation of the draft diverter. Minor maintenance and/or repair recommendations are usually made verbally.

What are the most common problems found during an Heating Certification Inspection? The number one problem is that the utilities are not on, closely followed by a lack of access to all units in multi-dwelling buildings. The actual problems we find are generally minor, such as radiators that are not furnishing heat because they need to be bled, a blocked air duct, excessive soot build up and improperly adjusted jets causing fouled combustion in the fire box and improper venting. Major problems are rare and include cracked heat exchangers, leaking boilers and defective space heaters or space heaters with flexible gas line feeds.

How to Prepare for Certifications
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Phone 800/540-1400 7 days/8-8 Fax 800/540-3280


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