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Furnace Pipes Need New Safety Test

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) A new rule for plastic ventilation pipes inside your home will go into effect January first.

It's from the Idaho Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning code. All houses that have new high efficiency furnaces being installed will need to have their pipe systems tested for 15 minutes at five pounds of pressure per square inch.

City of Twin Falls Mechanical Inspector Jarrod Bordi says, "The test verifies that there's no leakage in the pipe system itself. So it's a life and safety issue, which we just want to make sure that these units are efficient and they're not leaking carbon monoxide or poisoning the home."

The rule is for furnaces that are 90 percent or higher, whether they're being installed in new construction, remodeled homes, or older homes being retrofitted. If you have questions, call your city inspector.

December 3, 2013.


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