This subject came up at TIJ. I've had reason to think about this lately, and thought it would be nice to kick around here.
It's safe to assume, that we all report lack of GFIs in a home, even if it was built prior to them being required. But what about AFCIs? Do you report if a home that was built long before AFCIs were required?
Since my inspections focus more on structure, topography, and safety, I don't necessarily care if something was built prior to a code change, if I think something is unsafe or unsound, I don't care what code says, I include it.
I agree with other contributors, who felt that AFCIs, until now, were yet perfected and worthwhile, but yet, as was brought up, the new technology AFCIs seem to be working as intended.
If AFCI's operated dependantly, and prevented alot of fires, will you then include them, regardless of code, just as we include GFIs.
Another thought that came to light, it that, unlike a GFI is relatively simple to install, whereas an AFCI can be an expensive undertaking.
(Hi C&C, how's Texas?)