New Construction HVAC - Installed, Supervised, Inspected And Approved

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New Construction HVAC - Installed, Supervised, Inspected And Approved



REPOST BY: This is great information for the Factory Built Housing Industry where room and space can be an issue.


Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
May 28, 2014 02:56 AM

Here we are again - new construction HVAC - installed, supervised, inspected and approved.

It looks great!  Very professional!

This type of installation is getting more and more popular - the cabinet base on the side or the front is used to install an HVAC register. 

Especially in areas where there is limited wall space.

Somebody from one of the trades - the HVACprofessional, the cabinet professional - someprofessional  cut the hole in the side of the cabinet to heat and cool this bathroom.

And it looks fine.

The professional  supervisor had to have known this was done.  It's very important that HVAC is not only installed well but forcefully blows air.  Theprofessional  supervisor's job is to answer installation questions and inspect what has been done.

The County, of course, is there quickly for their final"inspection" and approval of the finished house.  Yep, all looking good here!

The home inspector, said to be unnecessary to all this otherprofessional oversight and series of serious previous professional installations and inspections, comes to have a look around.

This home inspector has been around long enough to actually feel to see if an HVAC register blows air.


He even has a CFM  meter to see how much C ubic F eet of air is flowing per   Minute when the air flow from a particular register is weak.  What, he has THAT gadget too?

In this case the home inspector (um, that would be me) did not feel any air at all!  Imagine, no air coming from an HVAC register?  What?  Gee, that just shouldn't be.  He is pretty sure air is supposed to blow from HVAC registers.

Well, lookie here.  This home inspector's camera saw something interesting! 

The professional  installer actually saw that the HVAC register was in a difficult spot.  The bathroom cabinet would cover half of the HVAC duct opening, and the other half would be covered by floor molding.  Oh no!  What to do?

The professional  supervisor said that it was no biggie - just cut out the back of the cabinet base to the edge of the HVAC register and install a register in the side of the adjacent base beside it!  Problem solved!  The trash beside everything is just a nice cosmetic touch.

Oh, by the way, no air actually blows from that special opening in the front of the cabinet base.

My recommendation:  as has been said so many times before and in so many places by THIS home inspector - you can't always get what you want, but if you try, sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.  AND WITH NEW CONSTRUCTION YOU NEED, NEED, NEED A PROFESSIONAL HOME INSPECTION!  Not a professional  one provided by others.  You want a  REALLY PROFESSIONAL home inspection by a certified and licensed home inspector.

All sigh.  The end.




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Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)#15
Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

You are kidding, right Alicia?  Other things?  Um, let me begin counting and I will get back to you later.  Much later.

Keeps the TP in the cabinet warm and ready Don.  Hot cross buns, or something similar...

Sylvia - it is quite the same with both.  The key word is professionalism and we really suffer from a lack of it in the building trades.

When hooked up properly they work great Tom!  But you have to check!

May 28, 2014 03:39 PM
Scott  Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart! (SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee)#16
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee Home Inspector
The Home Inspector With a Heart!
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee

Maybe it was the girl from the stones song that did the install. She was, as you know, Practiced at the art of deception.  Good catch.

May 29, 2014 06:16 AM
Bill Snuggs (ERA Strother Real Estate)#17
Bill Snuggs
ERA Strother Real Estate

All I sell is new construction homes and I always highly recommend my clients get a home inspection. 

May 29, 2014 06:18 AM
Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes (RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)#18
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg Homes
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

You didn't mention the how to fix it? Great you caught it but now what for that poor buyer with no AC in the bathroom?

May 29, 2014 07:04 AM
John DL Arendsen, Real Estate Bkr, Factory Built home Dealer/Devlpr (TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments & ON THE LEVEL GC)#19
John DL Arendsen
Real Estate Bkr, Factory Built home Dealer/Devlpr
TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments & ON THE LEVEL GC

Hey Jay, great post! Hope you don't mind if I repost it to my group. Please feel free to contribute to this group anytime. There's a lot of good info the FACTORY BUILThousing industry needs to know.

May 29, 2014 07:40 AM
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