Tip 4 from the Inspector #8343

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Tip #4

Electrical Cover

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During the course of an inspection, each of these electrical components of your home should be inspected and/or tested by your home inspector. Should the inspector find a switch or receptacle with a missing or broken cover, he or she must write up each occurrence as a safety hazard.

Why is that Important?

A broken or missing electrical cover plate for a receptacle or light switch will trigger an “In Need Of Repair” comment on your Home Inspection Report. If there are several in your home, the notation of each location can add quite of bit to the length of your home inspection report.

REMEDY

The homeowner can remedy this situation before it begins by doing a room-to-room quick check of each light switch and receptacle cover. Verify each plate is actually there, examine each plate to ensure it is not cracked, and touch each plate to make sure it is not loose.

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If, while you are checking these plates, you find a plate that seems excessively WARM to the touch, I recommend that you call a qualified electrician immediately, as that can be a sign of overheating, and a FIRE is possible.

 

Where Are They?

You can purchase a replacement a cracked or missing cover for as little as $1.25 each at Lowe’s.

How To Use?

Install it by tightening the screws that come with the plate. Take care not to over tighten the screws. That is how most of the broken plates got broken in the first place. If they are loose, then again, carefully tighten them up, taking care not to break them.

What You’ve Achieved?

Most homes that have been lived in for a few years will have one or two plates that are cracked or even missing, but for a couple of dollars you can strike that mark off of your Inspection Report.

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Tip 3 from the Inspector #8343

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Tip #3

AC Filters

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During an inspection of your home’s HVAC, heating and cooling systems, the inspector should check for heating and cooling temperature differentials, the drip pans, drainage lines, the burners, fuel source and many other things, that perhaps a homeowner has little knowledge of. However, there is one part of a HVAC inspection that the homeowner does have knowledge of and can control;

The AC Filter!

Why Is This Important?

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Your AC Filter can affect your cooling temperature differential, which is the difference between the temp of the air going into the return and the temp of the air coming out of the AC vents. Should that number drop below the minimum 15 degrees then you will receive an “In Need Of Repair” mark on your report and a recommendation that your unit be serviced.

An inspector will check the AC filter to ensure that it is installed, and functioning properly.

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Missing

A missing AC filter will clue an inspector to look for dirt in the coils and to recommend the AC unit be serviced by a qualified HVAC repairman.

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Clogged

A clogged AC filter will lead to low airflow, reduced cooling, and perhaps even the freezing up of the coils for lack of air movement.

 

 

Where Can You Find Them?

You can find them at any builder’s warehouse store, hardware store or retail store, like Lowe’s, Home Depot or Walmart. AC filters range in price from $2.00 to $50 or more for special electrostatic washable/reusable filters.

How To Use?

All will have markings on them indicating the direction of the air flow, and some even have whistles to let you know when they need to be changed.

Simply unscrew the filter cover, remove the old filter, place the new one in, paying attention to the airflow arrow, and close the cover.

What You’ve Achieved?

Keeping the AC filter clean and the air flowing will improve the efficiency of your AC unit, keeping your house cooler and your electric bill down and it will also keep one more check mark off of the inspector’s report.

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Tip 2 from the Inspector #8343

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Tip #2

Light Bulbs

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As an inspector, I am required to verify the light fixtures in each room and make sure that they work properly. I do this by flipping the light switch and turning on the light lets me know that the fixture is working properly.

Why Is That Important?

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When there is no bulb in that fixture, the job becomes more difficult. An inspector can use an electrical current detector that can be used to determine if electrical power is getting to the fixture or not, however, not every inspector does this. Additionally, if it is a three way switch, or if there are several lights that have no bulb and multiple switches that may or may not go to these inoperable lights, the situation becomes confusing and you will get an “In Need Of Repair”. 

The Good News!

Elecrticity IconThis is an easy fix and very CHEAP. Before the inspection, do a quick check of every light fixture in your home and make sure that each has a working bulb in place. Do not forget to include the garage and the out door lights if you have any.

 

 

Where Are They?

Available at most retail stores and builders warehouses, such as Walmart, Home Depot or Lowes .ect. Ranging in price from $4.00 to $14.00.

What You’ve Acheived?

If you ensure that each working light fixture has a working bulb in place, you will not only speed up the inspection process, but also you will remove an “In Need Of Repair” from the inspectors report.

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