When Appliances Don't Sound Right

By
Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

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.

 

 

 

Posted by

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


close

Re-Blogged 3 times:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
  1. Lenn Harley 01/24/2012 10:36 PM
  2. Gene Riemenschneider 01/29/2012 01:54 PM
  3. Gabe Sanders 01/29/2012 10:24 PM
Topic:
ActiveRain Community
Location:
Virginia Prince William County Bristow
Groups:
Professional Home Inspectors
Addicted to Active Rain
Adventures in Home Inspecting
HyperLocal Neighborhood and Community Posts
WeBlog Anything (almost)!
Tags:
new construction
new appliances
new construction inspections
kitchen exhaust vent

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Ambassador
1,439,216
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

Jay,

Just an oversight on the part of the builder. I'm sure he appreciated you bringing it to his attention. Except for taste (I hope), you pretty much use all of your senses in an inspection. 

Rich

Jan 25, 2012 12:07 AM #9
Rainmaker
2,704,775
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Good morning Jay,

The builder must have been mortified.  This leaves me wondering if they missed something this visually apparent, yikes on what might be behind the sheetrock....

Jan 25, 2012 01:55 AM #10
Rainmaker
2,256,953
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Great advice. Hopefully the warantees are still in place. Thank you for sharing the post with all of us.

Jan 25, 2012 02:40 AM #11
Rainmaker
119,829
Vince Chinell
VICO Home Inspection - Branson, MO
CPI

Jay,  I have seen many times when the customer would ask me, " Do I really need an inspection, it is a new house?"  I guess because it's new there are no problems???  NOT the case.  I find a lot of things not connected and not in working order.  But that's what we do, right?

Jan 25, 2012 02:51 AM #12
Rainmaker
1,846,965
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

S&D - well, THIS home inspector always looks!  And does not look BEYOND such things!

I'm with you Michael.  It takes everything I have!

It sounded like a plane propellor Mike C.  It was loud!

Well, Rich, certain molds do taste like chicken.  And I'm sure the vent guy was coming back right after lunch!

I'm kidding about the mold...

Jan 25, 2012 06:14 AM #13
Rainmaker
1,846,965
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Probably took it in stride Lisa.  I can hear him saying to the buyers, "That is already on my list... I have it scheduled for later today."

New house, Joe, with the walk through a couple hours after my inspection!

That's right Vince!  New construction usually provides me with a lot of blog fodder!  They can be fun!

Jan 25, 2012 06:16 AM #14
Rainmaker
579,727
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Great advice, Jay, Sound, and in the case of a car, even feel, can let us know something is amiss

Jan 25, 2012 11:59 AM #15
Rainmaker
1,846,965
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

It's good to get used to how things sound when they are doing well Chris.  That way it is easier to determine when a problem crops up.

Jan 25, 2012 12:28 PM #16
Rainmaker
686,984
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

I had one  of those fans that vent into the cabinets once. When I turned it on, it blew the cabinets doors slightly open. I had to look twice to make sure of what I was seeing. 

Jan 25, 2012 12:55 PM #17
Rainmaker
1,846,965
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

That would help to keep the dust off your pants legs Jim!  Maybe it works with the air going the other way too like an oil burner damper?

Jan 25, 2012 09:18 PM #18
Rainmaker
686,984
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Actually I thought it was a hair dry - exhaust fan. It was up high like yours. 

Jan 25, 2012 10:59 PM #20
Rainmaker
1,846,965
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

We inspectors have to use all our senses, Val, even our sixth!

Even better Jim!  That would also help dry the face after sticking it into the automatic facial steam created at the end of the dishwasher cycle!

Jan 25, 2012 11:05 PM #21
Rainmaker
86,952
Eric Middleton
Closer Look Property Inspections Inc. - Uniondale, NY
Professional Property Inspector

Jay- the best tools home inspectors have is God given- eyes, ears, and nose. Great advise for clients on listening to how things sound to determine future problems.

Jan 26, 2012 11:28 AM #22
Rainmaker
1,846,965
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I agree Eric.  We need to employ them all.  With a dash of experience thrown in!

Jan 26, 2012 11:42 AM #23
Ambassador
3,676,995
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jay, my Jaccuzzi is making a funny noise!  Reading this is a reminder to call them in the morning. I'm still under warranty.

Jan 26, 2012 01:23 PM #24
Rainmaker
1,846,965
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

You know that because you are familiar with it Pat!  That's the idea!  Good for you...  but sorry for the problem!

Jan 26, 2012 07:38 PM #25
Rainmaker
233,523
Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
Delivering the Unbiased Truth.

You must have arrived a week early to your inspection, Jay.  There's no other reason for that stuff not being done.

Jan 29, 2012 11:47 AM #26
Rainmaker
1,431,210
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Great example of going with you gut.  If it does not sound right there probably is a problem.  Thanks for a great post.

Jan 29, 2012 01:53 PM #27
Rainmaker
216,493
Christine McDaniel
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Porter Co. - Crown Point, IN
Broker Associate

Good reminder Jay!  New homes definitely need inspections too.

Jan 29, 2012 02:55 PM #28
Rainmaker
1,846,965
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Reuben - it's common for me to come up with a list of stuff like that, and then, during the walk through the supervisor says it is on his list and those guys were to be brought from another house that very afternoon!

You're welcome Gene.  An inspection involves all the senses!

Christine - for sure.  I have been doing them for a long time, and clients are beginning to understand how necessary they are.

Jan 29, 2012 09:56 PM #29
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Rainmaker
1,846,965

Jay Markanich

Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
You may contact me anytime...
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Additional Information