System: Built-In Appliances and Systems

American Institute of Inspectors Standards of Practice


15.1 The Inspector shall observe and operate the basic functions of the following using normal operating controls:

  • Installed dishwasher, through a normal cycle.
  • Range, cook top and installed oven.
  • Garbage disposal.
  • Ventilation equipment or range hood.

15.2 The Inspector is NOT required to evaluate:

  • Trash compactor (unless mandated by State requirement).
  • Installed microwave ovens or microwave leakage (unless mandated by State requirement).
  • Built-in or other refrigerator and any associated water connections.
  • Refrigeration units that are not installed.
  • Clocks, timers, self-cleaning oven function, or thermostats for calibration or automatic characteristics of operation.
  • Appliances that are not built-in; such as, washers, dryers, toaster, icemaker, coffee maker, can-opener, blender, instant hot water dispenser, or any other similar small, ancillary or non-built-in appliance.

15.3 The Inspector is NOT required to evaluate:

  • Appliances that are in use or that contain owner items (such as dishwashers).
  • Any system, component, or appliance that does not respond to normal user controls.
  • Any system, component, or appliance that requires use of special codes, keys, combinations, or devices.
  • Solar heating systems.
  • Geothermal systems.
  • Saunas
  • Swimming pools.
  • Tennis courts.
  • Piers and docks.
  • Boathouses.
  • Waterfront bulkheads.
  • Cabanas.
  • Cottages/guest houses.
  • Private water supply system.
  • Private wastewater analysis and system.
  • Satellite dish systems.

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