I am a Buyer in the process of negotiating a contract on a home. I had it inspected and the inspector noted that the morter in the tile liner of the chimney was "compromised." He indicated that since the furnace is a Lennox 80% efficiency, the "manufacturer installation recommendations" suggest that a flexible liner installed. He was surprised that the company who installed it hadn't recommended this to the owner, as it would have prevented the morter in the tile liner from being compromised by the moisture. He indicated that while there is no local code that a liner MUST be installed, that the mortar in the tile liner is now compromised,and this is a violation of the local gas code. The Seller called the company that installed it and he said the inspector was wrong - that there is no manufacture recommendation for installing a liner, since the chimney is not an exterior chimney. (of course he may not want the owner to think his company didn't know about the manufacturer's installation recommendations...thereby negating any responsibility for the compromised tile liner that now violates local gas code.) Help! Who is telling the truth? The Seller and Buyer are negotiating directly without a realtor, we're both reasonable people, and we just want to know who is right.
[Edited by homebuyer262764782 on 03-09-2006 at 08:12 AM]