Reminder: Never connect a generator to home wiring without transfer switch

Mark Tinka mark at
Tue Aug 31 14:15:06 UTC 2021

On 8/31/21 16:06, Mel Beckman wrote:

> I think you’re forgetting about the all-important blower fan in a gas-fired furnace.

Well, I was referring to a pure electric furnace, not one that uses a 
blower over a gas-fired one :-).

In that case, the blower is not a major draw on power.

But again, we don't have those things here, so :-).

> That said, the reason the code requires furnaces to be hardwired is to ensure that the blower interlock system can’t be bypassed. An electrical interlock ties a heat recover ventilator to circulation air blower operation of a forced-air furnace system. This ensure that the blower circulates supply and return air within the structure. A plug-in power source leads to the possibility that this interlock could be accidentally defeated, resulting in an overheat within the flame box.

Makes sense.

Does this, then, mean that if the blower itself were to fail, the gas 
burner would not light?


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