The location of the units along with what areas of the home are supplied by them. Does it supply finished basements or not?Air handler is likely in one of the following places; attic, basement, crawlspace, garage, outdoors or in a closet. Test functionality of the thermostat
Type of fuel used; natural gas, electricity, or propane. In rare cases you will see home heating oil or kerosene but this is being used less and less.
If it is natural gas, the supply piping from the buried tank outside must also be inspected for proper installation and free of defects.
Our inspection will also indicate which type of system is installed. More than likely it will either be forced air, hydronic or steam.
Ducts not properly sealed draws in ambient air. If the furnace is located in a hot or damp area like the crawlspace or attic, that air may be delivered into the living space.
Note the size and condition of the air filter.
Air conditioning components are typically outside. Our inspector will determine the size and age of the unit. It is important to understand that an air conditioner is not only to cool a residence but it also removes humidity.
Air conditioning units must be properly sized per the size of the home. Bigger is not always better in this case.
If your inspection takes place during a time when the outside temperature is below 60 degrees, we will not be testing the air conditioning as it could potentially cause damage to components.
We’ll open readily accessible panels to view certain aspects of these systems that can be seen. There are many components within these systems that are NOT readily accessible. It may even be possible that units appear functional and are operating perfectly fine but are unfortunately on the way out without any way of knowing. It takes hours to break these machines down and analyze every component. In general, the risk/reward is not worth it as in most cases if and HVAC system appears to be functioning properly, it is functioning properly.
We do not inspect stand alone window units.
The average lifespan of an HVAC system is approximately 15 yeas +/-
Repairs to an HVAC system can be costly. If appliances like a dishwasher needs to be replaced it might cost a few hundred dollards. That is not the case with an air handler which will likely get into the thousands if it needs to be replaced.
Observe air duct and vents for rusting, blockage, or potential mold growth. We will also report improper installation such as ducts wrapped around tight corners, splitting vapor barrios. Disconnected ductwork, corrosion or cracking
Air Conditioning Observations:
Short Cycling- Turning on and off rapidly
Operating but cold air not producing cold air or sufficient cold air per thermostat setting
Noisy Compressor- Squeeling, clunking, vibrations or loud noises may indicate a failure or potential failure
Visible Problems- Dirty, rusty, blocked, frosting, or moldy coils will be noted
Problems are often electrical and can be a simple fix