Free home inspection checklist

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Free DIY Home Inspection Checklist

 *Denotes a hazardous condition which is suggested to be evaluated by a professional of this trade.

 *Denotes a condition which in and of itself requires a professionals second opinion or troubleshooting or further information / discovery.

The furnace was added. Request documentation or permits for any work performed. (*DIY TIP: Check for a building permit)

Location:   Garage    Attic     Exterior

Age:

Heating System Observations

  •  The heating system was functional
  •  The heating system was not operational  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The gas was off
  •  The furnace is red-tagged  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The furnace is a floor furnace and needs to be inspected by a professional  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)

Combustion Chamber

  •  The Combustion chamber is clean
  •  The combustion chamber is filled with rust and is deteriorated  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  Cracks are visible within the heat exchangers  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The unit appears to draft improperly  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  “Roll-out” was observed upon starting the furnace  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The flame pattern is erratic – further evaluation is needed  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  Water appears to be leaking into the combustion chamber  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)

Venting

  •  The vent is functional
  •  The vent is too close to combustion material  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The vent is disconnected  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The vent is incorrectly sloped  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The vent is deteriorated / rusted  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The vent is stained (roof leaking) (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  There is single wall vent within the attic (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  There is Transite installed here (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  There is a gap from the 3” to 4” connection  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The draft inducer is very noisy (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)

Fuel Supply

  •  The fuel supply is operational
  •  The fuel supply does not possess a sediment trap  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The fuel supply valve leaks  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The fuel supply possess aluminum or brass flex gas line
  •  The fuel supply flex enters through the side wall of the furnace cabinet  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The fuel supply flex line is kinked

Combustion / Make up Air

  •  The supply air to the furnace is acceptable
  •  The supply air to the furnace is limited   (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The supply air to the furnace is missing
  •  The supply air to the furnace is missing screens
  •  The supply air to the furnace possess attic screens

Evaporative Coil

  •  The Evaporative coil is acceptable
  •  The Evaporative coil is new
  •  The Evaporative coil is leaking water  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The Evaporative coil is leaking air
  •  The Evaporative coil is deteriorated  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)

Circulating Fan

  •  The circulating fan is functional
  •  The circulating fan is noisy
  •  The circulating fan out of balance
  •  The circulating fan is very dirty
  •  The circulating fas belt is loose

Condensate Drain(s)

  •  The condensate drains are functional
  •  The condensate drain (primary) / (Secondary) is clogged  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The condensate drain leaks from the secondary  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The condensate drain pan is filled with water  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The secondary condensate drains are not installed over a window  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The condensate drain (primary) is kinked  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The condensate drains not installed  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The condensate drains into a pump – ensure the pump is functional
  •  The condensate drains termination is not visible or cannot be located  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)

Thermostat(s)

  •  The thermostat is functional
  •  The thermostat is loose
  •  The thermostat is non operational  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The thermostat is defective
  •  The thermostat is in the wrong place  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)

Return Air

  •  The return air base is functional
  •  The return air base needs to be sealed  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The return air base is under the furnace closet door
  •  The return air is in the wrong location
  •  The house is 2 story with only one return air  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The return air is located too close to the kitchen or laundry room  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)

HEATING PAGE DIY Home Inspection Checklist

There are very few components which really require a specialist to perform the inspection heating being one of them.  However, that being said, even with little to no experience with HVAC you should be able to observe obvious flaws within the heating system. Following the HEATING PAGE DIY Home Inspection Checklist it will walk you systematically through the heating system step by step and cover the basic components the heater. 

Calling a specialist

We always suggest having a HVAC contractor perform an evaluation on every furnace we inspect. Reason being, we feel the heater unless new, should be serviced annually and based on every inspection we perform, NOBODY does this. Having said that, its worth have the serviceman inspect the system while conducting routine maintenance. 

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HEATING PAGE DIY Home Inspection Checklist
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HEATING PAGE DIY Home Inspection Checklist
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Using the free DIY home inspection checklist will help walk you through the entire home inspection process just like the pros
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