Inspection Training

How to Inspect the HVAC Electrical Shut-Off at the Heating System

While the inspector is at the heating system they should check for the presence of the main electrical shut-off. If this is not present you would want to make sure to note that in the report as a defect. The inspector does not need to operate this switch. Please review the entire procedure below.


International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection


3.4. Heating


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:

B. If the heating system was deemed inaccessible.


IV. The inspector is not required to:



Axium SOP Differences

Axium Requires: The inspector will check the HVAC electrical shut-off for its presence within the sight of the heating system.


Tools Needed

No tools required to inspect the HVAC Electrical Shut-Off.


  • While inspecting the heating system we will check for the HVAC electrical shut-off switch. We want to make sure this is in sight of the heating system. There is one picture for this section and it just needs to show the HVAC electrical shut-off location.


Common Defects

  • No electrical shut-off being present within sight of the heating system.

Common Mistakes

  • Not checking for the HVAC electrical shut-off.
  • Turning the HVAC electrical shut-off on or off. We don’t operate this shut-off switch.


Report / Software


  • The visible and accessible wiring for the electric supply for this unit was in acceptable condition. The equipment local disconnect acts as a shut off switch for use in an emergency or while servicing. The local disconnect was properly installed and in acceptable condition.


  • N/A


  • There was not an electrical shutoff present for the [word 1].
    • Boiler
    • Furnace
    • Heating System


  • N/A