Standard Guide for Assessing Depressurization-Induced Backdrafting and Spillage from Vented Combustion Appliances
|Publication Date:||10 January 1999|
|ICS Code (Water heating equipment):||91.140.65|
1.1 This guide describes and compares different methods for assessing the potential for, or existence of, depressurization-ind
1.2 Assessment of depressurization-ind
1.3 Residential vented combustion appliances addressed in this guide include hot water heaters and furnace. The guide also is applicable to boilers.
1.4 The methods given in this guide are applicable to Category I (draft-hood- and induced-fan-equipped
1.5 The methods in this guide are not intended to identify backdrafting or spillage due to vent blockage or heat-exchanger leakage.
1.6 This guide is not intended to provide a basis for determining compliance with code requirements on appliance and venting installation, but does include a visual assessment of the installation. This assessment may indicate the need for a thorough inspection by a qualified technician.
1.7 Users of the methods in this guide should be familiar with combustion appliance operation and with making house-tightness measurements using a blower door. Some methods described in this guide require familiarity with differential-pressur
1.8 This guide does not purport to address all safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user to establish appropriate safety and health practices and to determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Carbon monoxide (CO) exposure or flame roll-out may occur when performing certain procedures given in this guide. See Section 7, for precautions that must be taken in conducting such procedures.