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Before you hire a home inspector, ask if he or she takes continuing education classes.
Follow the rules or risk paying the price – that’s especially true when planning a home improvement project – big or small. You want to be certain all the work being done on your home is up to code. If you don’t, it could cost you.
Dear Angie: My 32-year-old house needs so much maintenance and updating, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Are there any consultant services available to address this need? – Lou R., Murrysville, Pa.
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Are the heat pumps Package or Split System?
Are there actually 33 PTAC units?
Are you an EPA certified person( refrigerant )?
Here is my suggestion, break it down into manageable portions(ie one heat pump and a few PTAC units every other month) to keep from being overloaded.
Check/inspect electrical wiring and connections
Check amperage draw of compressors/motors
Check capacitance of start and run capacitors
Check contractors/relays for wear/pitting
Check refrigerant levels and record superheated/subcooling
Check external static pressures across air handler(s)
Check deltaT (return and supply air temps)
Lubricate motors( if applicable)
Inspect Belts/Pulleys( if applicable)
Clean outdoor coils
Clean indoor coils
Start there and HAVE FUN!!!
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Update 7-31-12: After buying the home on the second home inspection, I discovered a mice infestation in the kitchen and that the most expensive window in the house ($3000 picture window) had not been evaluated. It was broken and was bowing such that the breeze makes the shades move. There were several other minor issues that I found over time (to be expected, you can't find all the problems in a house in just a few hours), but in hindsight I was disappointed with the lack of oversight on the apprentices that brought with him on the second home inspection.
I contacted about the mice (which were all throughout the lower kitchen cabinets) and the broken picture window. He said that he would have a handyman come to take a look as a gesture of goodwill which I thought was very generous. Unfortunately, I never heard from the handyman or received a follow up from . also has a yearly home inspection that he was supposed to contact me about on the one year anniversary. I figured I would give him some time to make up for the issues on my last inspection, but as my anniversary has come and gone, I have yet to hear from him. I wish spent more time on my inspection instead of letting his two apprentices do most the work on the last inspection.
I really felt and continue to feel that is quite competent, but I am unhappy with his follow up and some of his apprentices less than thorough work.”
I think the best part of the services provided by is that he is always a call or email away if you have any questions about your inspection. For me i always come up with questions after the fact and he has always been very responsive in answer all of my questions. He provides a detailed report that includes photos of problems/defects with every inspection that you can use as a guide to repair your home.
I would not have anyone else inspect a home for me, he has saved us thousands of dollars!!!!
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