The HVAC return grill was screwed in place and painted many times.
What would that say to you?
That the filter had not been replaced in quite some time.
And I was not disappointed.
Peeking through the little slots I could see what looked like a wool blanket.
The camera was able to capture a bit of it.
This is a problem!
Modern HVAC systems require, demand really, a lot of air flow.
Without that they are not efficient and your energy dollars will fly away.
What should be there instead of the screwed on, difficult to access, and therefore painted many times, return grill cover?
Exactly. A grill cover that facilitates entry and filter replacement or cleaning.
I found one on line for $22. They are not expensive.
And they screw on very easily.
The filter is easily accessed and handled.
And air flow is preserved.
My recommendation: people don't know what they don't know. And a home inspection can reveal even the simplest things. Sometimes the solution to something is easy as pie. This was one such case. And the HVAC system, not to mention the energy budget, will appreciate this simple fix to an egregious problem. You're welcome.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560