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I received a call to help a friend's aunt who lives on LI. (I don't work on LI, I stay in 5 bouroughs)
the call: no heat
when I got there the house was warm and the homeowner noted that the boiler just started working this morning. i stepped down into the basement and noticed a New Yorker atmospheric hot water boiler, standing pilot with 2 heating zones and an indirect storage tank with an aquastat controlling the 3rd circ. Taco circulators and taco relay w/ priority...typical so far.
the boiler had just cycled off before i got down into the basement and i started going through my size up of the system when i noticed the 6" flu pipe venting out the sidewall of the basement instead of going into a chimney. as the boiler temp dropped, (and there still being a call for heat so zone 1 circ was still running) i was awaiting patiently for the boiler to kick back on when i heard a draft inducer motor kick on. i politely asked the homeowner who had installed this draft inducer on your atmospheric boiler to which she replied, "a local plumber from the area" and naturally i asked were they licensed? and she replied as they usually do, i don't think so. she continued to say her spill switch kept tripping and this was the plumbers response to the issue.
i quickly told her that she has an extremely unsafe condition and i explained what i would do to correct this unsafe condition to which she replied, "I'm not looking to put any money into the system, i am selling the house". momentarily i was relieved, thinking to myself a home inspector might see this and hopefully know what theyre looking at and advise the potential buyers to beware. to my dismay, i found that lots of home inspectors have been there before employed by potential buyers and that none of them advised of this unsafe condition. i told her i would not feel comfortable servicing this unit until we get rid of that draft inducer, put a power vent on and re-do that flue piping and at that she said thanks for your time sorry to bother you and that was that.