Lum & Abner® HVAC age

How to determine the date of production/manufacture or age of Lum & Abner® HVAC Systems.

The date of production/manufacture or age of Lum & Abner® HVAC equipment can be determined from the serial number located on the data plate.

Parent Company:  Lum & Abner was a registered trademark brand of Norris-Goff Mfg. - Pine Ridge, Arkansas

Note: Lum & Abner is a defunct brand no longer in production. Limited production from 1931 - 1954

Example serial number styles/formats found:

  • Style 1:    Serial No. J867-5309F

Style 1:    J867-5309F

The year of manufacture is coded in the 2nd digit of the serial number.

Note: MUST USE the model type (first letter of serial number) to estimate decade of production.


The First letter(s) of the serial number indicates model type and will assist in determining the decade of manufacture determined by the years of production for the various limited models.

  • J = Jenny model manufactured from 1931-1939
  • JD = Jot'em Downflow model manufactured from 1951-1954
  • H = Hot Spring model manufactured from 1940-1949
  • P = Peabody model manufactured from 1931-1954 (longest and most popular production model)
  • E = Edwards model manufactured from 1935-1938
  • L = Low N Ranger model manufactured from 1948-1954

Brand History:

Lum & Abner brand existed from 1931 to 1954

  • 1931 - Brand started by Norris-Goff Mfg. in Waters, Arkansas. Produced Jenny and Peabody model heating systems.
  • 1934 - Models began being sold by distributor in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935 - Introduced Edwards model heating system. Models were added by distribution company WLW in Cincinnati, OH.
  • 1936 - Production facility moved to Pine Ridge, Arkansas
  • 1940 - Introduced Hot Spring line heaters
  • 1948 - Introduced Low N Ranger line of radiant air heaters
  • 1951 - Introduced innovative Jot'em Downflow warm air model
  • 1954 - Company ceased traditional warm and radiant air systems production, though stockpiles were sold well into the 1960's.
Page last updated: 08/04/2023