Inspection Training

How to Inspect the Water Temperature of the Water Heater (UPDATED 2/7/18)

While the inspector is in the kitchen they should skip to the water heater section in the software and check the water temperature. We look for the temperature range to be between 120-130 degrees. If it is below 120 degrees or above 130 degrees it should be called out as a Repair/Replace comment in the report. Please review the entire procedure below.

NACHI SOP

International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection

 

3.6. Plumbing

 

I. The inspector shall inspect:

C. The water heating equipment, including the energy source, venting connections, temperature/pressure-relief (TPR) valves, Watts 210 valves, and seismic bracing.

 

II. The inspector shall describe:

N/A

 

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

N/A

 

IV. The inspector is not required to:

B. Measure the capacity, temperature, age, life expectancy or adequacy of the water heater.
Q. Evaluate wait time to obtain hot water at fixtures, or perform testing of any kind to water heater elements.

 

Axium SOP Differences

Axium Requires: The inspector will check the temperature of the water that the water heater is producing at one of the fixtures in the home. Generally, Axium likes to check this temperature at the kitchen sink.

 

Tools Needed

The inspector will need to use their infrared thermometer to measure the temperature of the water at one of the fixtures in the home.

Procedure

  • After inspecting the water heater, you will want to check the temperature of the water at one of the fixtures in the home. We generally like to get this temperature at the kitchen sink.
  • Go to the kitchen sink and turn the water on to the highest setting and let it run for about a minute. Once the water is at its hottest you will use your infrared thermometer to take the temperature. We are looking for the temperature to be within 120 to 130 degrees. We take one picture for this section and it needs to show the temperature clearly on the infrared thermometer.

Common Defects

  • The water temperature is either too low (less than 120 degrees) or too high (more than 130 degrees). This temperature can typically be adjusted at the water heater.

Common Mistakes

  • Not checking the water temperature of the property.
  • Not letting the water run long enough to get hot.
  • Not taking a clear picture with the infrared thermometer.

 

Report / Software

IN


  • The water temperature was within the acceptable range of 120-130 degrees.

NI

  • The water temperature could not be properly evaluated at the time of the inspection because the [word 1]. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair or replace as necessary.
    -Gas Off
    -Gas Valve/Pilot Off
    -Just Turned On
    -Leaking or Damaged
    -Tankless
    -Water Off

NP

  • N/A

RR

  • Low: The water temperature was below the suggested range of 120-130 degrees. Recommend adjusting the water heater thermostat.
  • High: The water temperature was higher than the acceptable range of 120-130 degrees. Recommend adjusting the water heater thermostat.


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