How much damage is to much damage to condenser fins?

I agree with Bob - cite the observation and recommend the proper expert to repair it.

Also, that damage could have possibly been from a pressure washer… but it’s not our job to determine the why or when, just the what. :smiley:


Moot point, Emmanuel. Pre-existing damage is covered under a warranty. It is up to the purchaser to pursue wannaty or accept condition. Read the OP’s post.

Moring, Marc. Hope this post finds you well.
That narrative might me a tad over the top.
Bent fins are not an adverse issue persay. Here is a link for a HVAC company.
Although your condenser may seem to be functioning properly, the coils have AC fins which typically become bent with normal use over time.

Marc, no use needlessly exposing undue liability.
Keep well.

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Hey Robbie!
You are entitled to an opinion that smells like a soft inspection.
Replace the condenser unit. :cowboy_hat_face:

Robert, from the first paragraph of your link:

“Although your condenser may seem to be functioning properly, the coils have AC fins which typically become bent with normal use over time. The longer you neglect bent AC fins, the more it may restrict your air flow or other functionalities of the system. This may lead to higher operating costs or even premature parts failure.

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And that pic does not show bent fins - they are damaged/smashed

As a past HVAC contractor … “The fins on the exterior A/C condensor are bent, damaged and/or missing at a few (or many) spots. This has the potential to affect the units cooling performance OR expose the freon lines to further damage … ALL of which can decrease the units cooling ability OR safe lifespan. We recommend having a competent HVAC contractor evaluate the unit and repair as needed. Depending on the outcome of the HVAC contractors evaluation, it would be prudent to Budget for replacement and/or unexpected repairs OR consider upgrading and replacing the unit now”.

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OK, I just got off the phone with Carrier tech support asking about damage and the possibility of combing out fins pressed flat by impact. They said there is no answer that’s true for all situations. The damage really needs to be evaluated by an HVAC service tech.

In a report, It’s a bad idea to go further than to state damage to minor, moderate or widespread portions of the condenser. And don’t call it minor, moderate, or severe damage, because that would mean that you had evaluated the severity of the damage and you’d be liable for the accuracy of your evaluation. If you specify “moderate” damage and it turns out to need replacement, you may be buying them a new condenser for $1,000 or more.
Basically… what Bob and Dan said.

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Inspectors do that all the time. I agree, however.

I do it with a number of things Simon, but not that particular one. Minor, moderate, or severe corrosion is fine, for example.
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I wouldn’t hesitate to call this severe roof damage!


Kenton, you deal killer, you!


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Haha! Just trying to scare off the clients!

The question is… would you go out on a limb and speculate in the report about what caused the damage? That could expose you to increased liability…

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So Robert warranties cover damage that was there at the time of the inspection? Wow that’s some generosity there!! According to you then all home buyers should not have to worry about that roof with a hole in it since the seller bought a home warranty that will cover it. Or that exterior condenser unit the dog pissed on so much it ate away the fins is also covered. I think if that is true you need to tell those Bad Bad Warranty companies to get it together and re-write their warranty paperwork since all I have seen state they do not cover pre-existing damage. :wink:

Certainly not THAT limb, or any other! :rofl: :rofl: :joy:

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Robert must have been talking to one of the Midget’s Widgets salesman…

On the Midget’s Widgets salesman’s level? :rofl: :rofl:

You example was “90 Day Widget Master how much damage is present before the 90 Day Widget would disclaim it as a pre-existing condition and not cover it?”
I only inspect for a limited time. 90 days is a moot point. Damage is damage.

So Robert has your time limit expired and you are no longer inspecting? What was your expiration date? :rofl: :rofl:

I see a lot of people referring to a 90 day widget master, and I assume they’re referring to 90 day warrantys.

Since there are a bunch of groups providing 90 day warrantys for inspectors and their clients … which one are you referring to OR is it all of them