An electric heat pump is a unique
device. It doesn’t burn fuel; it transfers
heat from the outside to the inside for
heating purposes then does just the
reverse for cooling purposes (also
known as the air-conditioning mode).
There are two units to check an indoor unit that’s
coupled with a forced-air system and an outdoor
unit. A National Property Inspections professional
will provide you with a visual inspection of the air-
The outdoor unit is the most vulnerable because it has
to operate in all kinds of weather. The first thing an
inspector will note is where the unit is located. It should
not be directly in the sun for most of the day or directly
under the drip edge of a house in freezing climates. They
will also make sure that there are no bushes blocking the
unit’s side air intake for at least 1 foot and that there are
no trees overhanging the unit for at least 5 feet.
The inspector will check the two copper pipes that run
from the outside unit to the inside, and the electrical
hookup. They will identify any problems and
recommend any needed repairs.