Does your Flue have the flu?

Are you allowing carbon monoxide to vent into your home and is this making you and your family sick?

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Single wall vent and double wall vent installation for a water heater and a furnace

Home Flue Venting Installation

The importance of proper venting cannot be overstated. Venting is critical to the proper and safe operation of your furnace. As the pictures show, many times it is performed improperly. Incorrect sizes, incorrect materials and just plain old poor craftsmanship can end up endangering the lives of the family that lives in the home. Each one of these pictures tells a story.

The wrong materials were used in this picture along with the wrong sizes of vent material. We have a mix of single wall venting and double wall venting pipe. the jonts are taped together. Double wall vbenting is never taped together as air is suppose to travel up between the metal layers to cool the pipe off. Tape increases the temperature and the vent piping is likely to fail. Here at The Empire Family of Services, that's Empire Plumbing, Empire Heating and Air Conditioning and Empire Electrical we strive to ensure that a permit is pulled on each home renovation so that dangerous conditions like this one do not occurr. You and your family's lives are way to important to skimp on materials and skimp on installation labor.

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Home heater vent with improper branch line

Our Employees are Factory Trained

We actually have a classroom in house and we regularly have representatives of the different trades that we perform through The Empire Family of Services, Empire Plumbing, Empire Heating and Air Conditioning and Empire Electric to ensure that our craftsmanship and skill levels are second to none.

The picture shows a branch vent line cut into a main furnace flue trunk and taped together. This branch line does not meet code as this cannot happen in the attic. When tapping into a branch line a listed fitting must be used. This invariably was leaking carbon monoxide into the attic and since carbon monoxide is heavier than air, through the drywall and into the living spaces.

Requiring that your contractor obtain a city permit will prevent this type of problem from occurring and most other problems will be caught and corrected as well. It is always less expensive to have the work on your home or business performed correctly the first.

Call Empire. We are here to help you and keep you safe.

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Nearly every new furnace requires a new flue

Furnace Vent Piping is Simple. So why is done wrong so often?

The simplest most straight forward reason for poor quality installation techniques is ignorance. I have been teaching heating and air conditioning for 20 years and have yet to meet another owner trainer here in Orange and Los Angeles Counties.

Most installers have never even read the installation instructions and I have only a met a few over the years that even owned a Uniform Mechanical Code Book. This installation of venting is sloppy, lacks the proper clearances and has asbestos tape still in use.

Give us a call for a discount furnace tune up once each year. What you don't now about your furnace installation could very well kill you and your family.
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Heater vent piping cannot be decreased in size

New Vent Piping is Required on Most New Furnace Installations.

Over the last few decades I have had inspectors on occasion tell me to tape the joints at the furnace vent. There is no tape rated for this application and no application where the vent manufacturer’s call for tape. The tape just burns and stinks up the place.

In this photo we have a 5 inch furnace vent coned down to a 4 inch vent through the roof. The corrugated venting seen here is code approved, but only for closet and garage applications. It is never to be installed through walls, cabinets or in the attic. Furnace vents can never be downsized. Downsizing causes elevated firebox temperatures, possibly cracking the firebox, and can result in carbon monoxide backing up into the home.

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We are here to help....really, it's what we do

October 31, 1992 Empire opened it's doors. Back then it was just me, Jim Eichman, and since then we have continued to grow through repeat buisness and the knid words from peple just like you. We are now one of the largest plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical servie and repair firms here in Southern California.

June 1, 2006 After recognizing that the number reason for furnace failure and the number reason for air conditioning failure is lack of maintenance we, The Empire Family of Services, extended our warranty program to a full 10 years parts and labor on just about everything we do when you have us maintain your system. this is a free service. We want you to know that we stand behing our heating and air conditioning repairs as well as our heating installations and our air conditioning installations. With us, you are in charge.

Some of the cities that we work in are: Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, El Toro, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Trabuco Canyon, Villa Park, Westminster, Yorba Linda, Sunset Beach, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Carson, Cerritos, Commerce, Diamond Bar, Downey, Gardena, Hawaiian Gardens, Industry, La Habra Heights, Lakewood, La Mirada, Long Beach, Lynwood, Montebello, Norwalk, Palos Verdes, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Rancho Palos Verdes, Santa Fe Springs, Signal Hill, South Gate, Whittier

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