My furnaces don't pass the safety test....
I am located in AB and just closed on a house. This is a pretty big house with 2 furnaces that are both 23 yo.
I had a home inspection done prior to buying the house and nothing was detected. Since a home inspection is not enough to really check the state of a furnace, I had someone else coming to our place and doing a bunch of tests. They saw a couple things and had to replace 2 things that were pretty costly.
We also got our furnaces cleaned and the company did a safety test. Unfortunately, after running their cameras, they found cracks all over the heating exchangers. They told me that it would be impossible to say if these cracks could lead to fluids being released at some point but since it's a safety hazard, they told me that replacing the furnaces would make sense instead to repair them. Also, replacing the heating exchanger would cost $3.5K. So it obviously wouldn't make any sense.
I told our first guy about the findings and he wants to come back to do another check. He first questioned the validity of the other company but I told him that I had a bunch of photos that prove that the furnaces are damaged. He also did check if there were any leaks or any carbon monoxide in the house and he didn't find anything at all. But since he didn't see the cracks in the first place... That being said, we have our own carbon monoxide detector and couldn't find anything either.
Anyone had to face a similar issue? It's going to cost me a good $12K and it's not like I could get some money back from the sellers. I don't think they were aware of these cracks. And even if they were, good luck proving so! (From what I have been seeing, the last complete furnace check was back in 2019. Going to contact the company to see if they noticed anything)