How to Inspect for the Presence of Installed Heat Sources
At the end of the home inspection one of the last things that will be inspected is the heating system and supply registers. After activating the furnace and taking your required pictures for that section the next thing to do would be going into every room to check that the heat source is working properly. The inspector should wait for the temperature to reach at least 100 degrees before taking the required pictures. Please review the entire procedure below.
International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection
I. The inspector shall inspect:
A. The heating system, using normal operating controls.
II. The inspector shall describe:
III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:
A. Any heating system that did not operate.
IV. The inspector is not required to:
C. Determine the uniformity, temperature, flow, balance, distribution, size, capacity, BTU, or supply adequacy of the heating system.
Axium SOP Differences
Axium Requires: While the heat is turned on at the property the inspector will check all operable heat sources in the interior rooms.
The infrared thermometer will be used to test that heat is coming out from the supply register
- Once the heat is turned on in the property (exact procedure will be under the heating system section) the inspector will check all accessible heat sources in the interior rooms. This should be one of the last things that you perform during the home inspection.
- You will use your infrared thermometer to check if heat is coming through the supply registers. We want the picture to show us pointing the infrared thermometer at the supply register showing a temperature over 100 degrees. We want to get these heat sources for every register that is accessible in the home, not just a couple.
- If there is no heat source present you will take a picture with the infrared thermometer turned sideways. This would be a defect if no heat source is in a room to be considered a living space.
- Supply register or return air cover is damaged, broken, loose, missing, noisy, old, or weak.
- There is no heat coming to the supply register.
- Baseboard heater is damaged, broken, loose, missing, noisy, old, weak, or has no heat coming from it.
- Supply register is not intended for the the floor.
- The louver on the supply register is stuck or damaged.
- There is no cover for the supply register, baseboard heater, or return air vent.
- Having a heat source that is not present in an interior room.
- Not checking all of the supply registers in the interior rooms when the heat is on at the property.
- Only checking the registers for heat and not checking for any damage.
- Not checking return air covers for any damage.
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