This seems ridiculous to me. Other than the electricity wasted, I cannot see how the consumer was harmed in this situation. Sure, they have every right to be ticked off, but for Pete’s sake, ovens are made to be turned on and left on for hours. This was an electric range, so there’s not even a CO hazard.
I suppose the argument could be made that if an electric oven is left on it could, somehow, malfunction, spew sparks, and start a fire. Is the same not true of an electric heater? Wouldn’t it then be considered negligent to not set the thermostat so the heater could not come on? What about the plumbing system? If left pressurized, and if a leak developed, serious damage to the property could occur. Under the same logic, could the inspector be fined for not shutting off the water supply before leaving?
The respondent also had another strike against him for non-notification of name use. I wonder how much that played into it.
As for the oven issue, I think it’s possible that TREC was throwing the complainant a bone.
The oven calibration check, I suspect is probably one of the most often misidentified defects in TREC reports. Considering that most inspectors check with an IR thermometer, they are measuring the back wall (inaccurately even at that) and not the interior air temp of the oven. Also considering that ovens do not have the ability to hold a temperature and are continually cycling on and off between the high and low temp limits and that TREC has been woefully non-specific about test methods and criteria for the 25°F allowable variance, leaving to the inspector to decide appropriate warm-up time, whether the measured temperature is supposed to be at a random point in time (who knows where it is in the on/off cycling between high and low limits), high limit, low limit, average vs. the target temperature… Perhaps all of the numbers are always supposed to be within the specified tolerance, though they rarely are.
Perhaps one day we should ask TREC for specific guidance on their oven calibration testing criteria.
BTW: I test with a big red thermocouple reader that I leave on the counter. If it’s still there I know I haven’t turned the oven off yet. I’ve paid enough to TREC for my license fees and that inspector recovery fund contribution. I don’t need to contribute an extra $600 oven penalty.
WARNING! I have been contacted and advised that I am now under investigation for an improper oven test procedure. I have been advised that I am required to use the 8 pack of Grands and not the 5 pack displayed in my previous post. An 8 pack of the mini Grands are acceptable substitute if the baking temperature is still 350 Degrees Fahrenheit. :shock: