Originally Posted By: rmagee
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I checked in “Electrical Inspection of Existing Dwellings”, a book written by the authors of “Code Check”
There is only one paragraph dealing with inspection of this type of system.
"Electric radiant heating panels, such as those imbedded in ceilings, can be very difficult to accurately test. Specialized equipment, such as infra-red heat detectors, can help see if the equipment is responding to the thermostats. If possible, the heat panels should be viewed from the attic space to look for any loose connections or damage."
This type of heat is common in my area. All I can do is use an infra-red thermometer to see if the ceiling heats up when the thermostat is activated. The attic idea is not very practical as most times the panels are buried under 12 inches of blown-in pink insulation.
Another type of system that is difficult to inspect is in-floor radiant heat where hot water pipes are imbedded in a concrete slab. During the summer, when the system has been off for an extended period it can take over 4 hours to get to the point where the heat starts to be noticed coming through the floor coverings.
Just the same way we can't properly check the operation of central air systems during the winter there are some systems that can't really be inspected in summer.
I guess that's why it's important to educate your clients on the limitations of an inspection and get a contract signed.
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