The purpose of cooling system inspections are to examine a central air conditioning system for current condition and to uncover any defects. Not included in the inspection, however, are any window A/C units because they are not part of the permanent structure.
Similar to a heating inspection, a home inspector will document the brand of the cooling unit and the type. He will make a detailed observation of the unit and system remarking on the existing condition and noting any problems major or minor. According to statutes and regulations for home inspectors, there is no requirement to estimate the age. The best indication of a system’s proper function is overall appearance, condition and performance based on normal operating controls.
Significant to a Missouri home inspection is the fact that a home inspector is not required to operate an air conditioning system if the temperature has been less than 65 degrees prior to inspection or if the unit has not had its power turned on for the 48 hours prior to the inspection. Running a unit under either of these circumstances could potentially damage the system.
RKM Field Inspection - Components of a Central Air System
Unique to a central air conditioning system is the refrigeration system that contains the compressor, condenser and evaporator. It is this part of a central air conditioning system in which coolant is held. A home inspector will thoroughly investigate the integrity and operation of this part of the system and will check for leaks and damage.
Ducts and pipes are noted as part of the heating inspection, including their materials, typically metal. Every room is checked for a cooling source. Any duct work with obstructions or that generates noise is noted. If the system can be turned on, the home inspector will check for proper temperature differential and adequate cooling.
Common problems a home inspector looks for in a cooling system include the inoperability of any part of the refrigerant system; fan defects; loud noises in the cooling system. Also, if any parts seem non-functional your home inspector may choose to refrain from operating the system and instead recommend an evaluation by an HVAC specialist.
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