You may have a hard time seeing this and knowing what it is, so let's play What Am I?
The homeowners who are trying to sell this house are trying to prevent cold air from getting in when, um, hints to follow, this "thing" is not running. I'll give a lot of hints and we'll see if you can tell what it is.
---> I'm wrapped up like a surprise present, but you can't pick me up to see how much I weigh or shake me to see if I rattle.
---> Now that it's cold I'm going to be used more and more.
---> I'm covering a kind of a hole in the wall.
---> If you touch me now I'm warm to the touch.
---> Inside there is a pilot light which turns me on (the pilot light is lit right now!)
---> Lots of heat gets created just inside me and I let out the extra heat.
---> And because I burn natural gas I create CARBON MONOXIDE. Don't worry, CO is only dangerous if you breath it.
---> While I burn that natural gas I also release extra pressure to keep the appliance running smoothly and calmly.
---> You might wonder - if I burn long enough could the heat go where it isn't supposed to and cause a fire or the glass front on me crack? Nah, probably not. Don't let your imagination run wild! But keep guessing!
---> When the home inspector saw me he laughed. It hurt my feelings.
So, what am I?
If you get it wrong first try, I'll give you two guesses.
My recommendation: if you feel cold air coming in through the fireplace this is not the reason. Don't try what you see here at home.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560