When a compressor is on the roof, it is out of sight and out of mind.
This condo building had three floors of condos, four on each level, and all with the AC compressors on the roof. Fortunately, we had access!
The air handler unit indoors was in a cavity inside the attic, and available only via a small door. I could see no evidence that it had ever been serviced. The return duct was very dusty. And the unit was not performing well.
If there has been no maintenance indoors, what do you bet the unit outdoors has not been looked at either? The system indoors was dated 1989. I expected the same outdoors. It was as well.
What captured my attention were many wiring problems. This is one. Originally an effort had been made to protect the wiring. It was done well. Time, however, has done what time does. And this connection (one of many) has deteriorated. The wiring is exposed to all the elements.
This one is self explanatory.
No cropping is needed.
The fuse box was rusty, damaged and the door would not close.
The connection is as you see.
Again, originally, effort was made to properly house, connect and protect this wiring.
But, again, time has done what time does.
IT REALLY PAYS TO HAVE A HOME INSPECTION BEFORE YOUR PURCHASE TO HOPEFULLY SEE WHAT HAS NOT BEEN SEEN IN A LONG TIME!
These two, and other, electrical problems were evaluated and repaired by a licensed electrician prior to settlement. The ducts were cleaned by a licensed professional prior to settlement. The indoor unit, itself obviously dusty and not maintained, was cleaned and serviced by a licensed HVAC company prior to settlement.
AND THAT IS THE GOAL!
My recommendation: hopefully, when you have a home inspection (which includes the needs for condo inspections) there is access to everything that needs to be evaluated. And if you go to the roof, please film yourself jumping and singing along with me:
When this old world starts a getting me down,
and people are just too much for me to face.
I'll climb way up to the top of the stairs and all my cares just drift right into space.
I'll get far away from the hustling crowd and all the rat-race noise down in the street.
And if this old world starts a getting you down, there's room enough for you -
up on the roof, up on the roof, up on the roof.
Oh, and be sure to wear your PF Flyers!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560