Heating and Central Air Conditioning Inspection
Heating and Cooling SystemsThe home inspector shall observe permanently installed heating and cooling systems including: heating equipment, cooling equipment that is central to home, normal operating controls, automatic safety controls, chimneys, flues, and vents, where readily visible, solid fuel heating device, heat distribution systems including fans, pumps, ducts and piping, with supports, insulation, air filters, registers, radiators, fan coil units, convectors and the presence of an installed heat source in each room. The home inspector shall describe: energy source, heating equipment and distribution type. The home inspector shall operate the systems using normal operating controls. (Except with regard to cooling equipment when the temperature is below 65 Degrees F). The home inspector shall open readily accessible panels provided by the manufacturer or installer for routine homeowner maintenance.
Filtration SystemsWater filtration systems are noted, but we do not inspect them. Recommend evaluation by professional water treatment company.
Cooling and Air Handler EquipmentInspect equipment for service tag indicating cleaning and service within the last year. Check controls for on/off functionality of device. Check thermostat for up-down functionality. Inspect piping and installation of condensers and equipment.
Gas/LP Firelogs and FireplacesInspect for on-off function only and recommend inspection by professional if not functional.
Solid Fuel Heating DevicesNote presence of Fireplace(s), Wood Stove(s) or Pellet Stove(s). Note any defects with unit and make observations of venting more than one device through the same flue.
Chimneys-Flues-VentsInspect for visible issues with chimneys, flues and vents. Make sure heating devices are properly vented. Note clean out door location and condition. Recommend inspection and cleaning of chimney. Note more than one vent from devices that have different fuel types (i.e. Oil & Wood) into one flue. Note more than one vent from devices that have the same fuel type, vented to the same flue, if the device with the lesser BTUs is vented below the device with the higher BTUs.
Presence of Installed Heat Source in Each RoomInspect for and note lack of heat source in any living space. Use Thermal Imager to observe proper operation.
Secondary Heat SourceReport on any secondary heat systems and functionality. Includes electric baseboard heat and any secondary stand-alone heaters in garage or basements.
Normal Operating ControlsCheck controls for on-off functionality of device. Check thermostat for up-down functionality.
Heating EquipmentCheck equipment for service tag indicating cleaning and service within the last year.