During a new construction inspection, what should I do when appliances don't sound right?
One of the goals on a new construction inspection is to test things. Unless the builder makes it clear some appliance is not completely installed and should not be tested, I test them all. That's why we're there!
Turning on what is billed as "Gourmet Kitchen - Upgraded Exhaust Hood," it just didn't sound right.
I did the old take-a-piece-of-paper-from-my-pocket test and the paper stuck very well.
That's a sign the fan is actually working!
It's always good when the fan is working...
But still, it didn't sound right.
What does "sound right" sound like?
I don't know. It should just sound smooth and not like a high wind inside the house.
Yes, this was a "gourmet" vent fan. It should be powerful. It should sound strong. And it did.
But still, it sounded weird and not right - like a high wind and an exposed motor.
Opening the cabinet door this is what I found.
I have found this before! Remember, this is a new construction inspection. I find all kinds of things on new construction inspections!
Understandably, we are there to see that things are ready for the final walk through, which, in this case, was to happen in a couple of hours.
The key word in "final walk through" is the word FINAL.
That inspection is with the builder. It is the REVEAL. It is when they get to SHOW OFF their ware!
Turning the fan on and opening the cabinet door, I felt a lot of air! THAT was the sound!
Air was not directed outside via a connector tube. It was just blowing into the cabinet!
I was, in fact, listening to a high wind and exposed motor!
Darn good thing they plugged it in!
My recommendation: I advise clients all the time, when purchasing a newer or an older house, to be involved in taking care of their house. Listen to the sounds things make. When they are operating well, or correctly, they will make a certain sound. If and when that changes, you will know there is a change and can take action proactively. It's nice when they give you a warning like that!
It is no different than driving your car!
P.s. The dishwasher didn't get rid of the water in the bottom of the unit at the end of the cycle. I ran it twice to make sure. What should I do when appliances don't work right...? ;>P Yes, that's me, sticking my tongue out.