American Institute of Inspectors Standards of Practice
10 – SYSTEM: HEATING
10.1 The inspector SHALL observe and report on:
- Permanently installed heating systems including:
- Heating equipment.
- Normal operating controls.
- Automatic safety controls.
- Chimneys, flues, and vents, where readily visible.
- Combustion air supply.
- Clearance to combustibles.
- Heat distribution systems including blowers, pumps, ducts, piping, radiators, convectors, registers, air filters, insulation and fan coil units.
- The presence of an installed heat source in each room.
- The inspector SHALL:
- Identify the energy source and type of connection.
- Identify heating equipment and distribution type.
- Operate the system(s) using normal operating controls.
- Open the readily accessible panels provided by the manufacturer or installer for routine homeowner maintenance.
10.2 The inspector is NOT required to:
- Operate heating systems when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause equipment damage or if, in the opinion of the inspector, the ability to operate it is unsafe or hazardous.
- Operate Automatic safety controls
- Ignite or extinguish solid fuel fires.
- Start a gas, propane or oil furnace if shut down or open any gas, propane or oil supply valve.
- Override automatic safety controls to activate the equipment.
- Examine or evaluate the condition of heat exchangers.
- Examine electric heater elements or heat pump fluid/gas materials or examine below grade systems and components.
- Examine any solar-energy heating systems or components.
- Report on:
- The interior of flues or combustion chambers
- Electronic air filters
- The uniformity or adequacy of heat supply to the various rooms.