I have these two pics to share of a recent inspection. I expressed to the purchaser that at the time of inspection everything functioned okay but I advised that a qualified HVAC pro should look at the whole system before closing. This seemed to irrate the realtor who called and asked for my input. Clearly I said that there had or is issues with the hot water heater and furnace and that it would be prudent to have these checked…finally this was agreed upon. There were several other issues with the home.
note the obvious and the water stain in behind water heater (propane)
Both photos say otherwise. You have some serious issues with both pieces of equipment just based on what I see. Avoid using verbage in your reports that do not clearly state your opinion and findings.*** Far too many inspectors try to straddle the fence and write up reports that try to alert the buyers while at the same time does not “offend” the real estate agents. Those kinds of soft ball comments will eventually put you into some deep sewage. Say what you saw, report it clearly, honestly and stick to the facts. Knowing what you are seeing is too important, lives could depend on your report. Your above statement will likely be the only thing they remember you saying about both these units…none of the negative.
Full time professional and experienced inspector who is in it for the long term: “It’s broke. Have it repaired or replaced.”
Hungry inspector not wanting to offend anyone who might refer him another inspection (but winds up looking like a fool to all parties concerned with the inspection process and is destined to be sued out of business): “It may or may not be kind of broken, possibly, although it functions well. Recommend having it evaluated by someone else.”
The realtor didn’t know jack they wanted to know why I said there was an issue. I told them not the other way around…I just clarified when they called! It was holding up the sale so their pants were in a knot!
I told them…I told the buyer, I suggested an HVAC inspection (before closing) to the realtor because the owner stated that the service was done!
So where do you get that I am in error…from where you sit can you honestly say that the hotwater tank wasn’t functioning correctly…really!
As far as you or anyone else knows this issue could have been corrected and these were previous scorch marks and debris inside the burner.
The two flues were independant of each other. I reported what I saw a functioning hot water tank, nice blue flame, no smoke but there was evidence of previous or present malfunctionings. We do not make assumptions we report what we see and the professional HVAC guys do their job…if it needed a new tank it was on them…not me …they would also have to replace the ABS pipe if they did a replacement to update to todays standards. I am quite sure if back drafting was/is the issue it can easily be rectified by a pro.
So in presenting it the way I did I covered my butt because what if the owner pulled out a service invoice that it had just been rectified and I condemned it as you suggest…egg on my face not yours …correct! Report what you see!
The fact remains I reported it and it is being put in the hands of a HVAC pro which I am not!..matter is taken care of amicably…no alarmist. If a structural support is broken …it is wrong if their are previous water stains under a sink…is it wrong? But I get what you are are saying Joe totally…thanks!
I have never met a single HVAC contractor that works on water heaters. do they do that in Canada? Down here that work would be in the area of plumbing, possibly the gas utility company but never the HvAC guy.
Strict licensing of those trades here precludes anyone from doing that here. Hard enough to get and maintain the licensing, CEUs, and insurance for one trade, let alone several. We do have a couple of big service outfits that have both or several trades on the payroll but each one sticks to their trade and do not branch out doing other trade work.
for some reason I was not able to open your post till today.
Here is my take:
" Evidence of fllame roll-out (scorching) The water heater appears beyond its designed life expectancy. Suggest replacement prior to close."
If photo #2 is that of the burner compartment of a gas furnace I would say
“Due to the presence of excessive rust and debries in the burner compartment it is strongly advised to have this unit inspected by a qualified contractor, prior to close, to ensure safe and efficient operation.
It is very possible that this unit will be red tagged.”