On this home inspection the feature list said, "New attic fan," and it was true!
Yep, it was TRUE, but NOT ACCURATE.
And the new unit in question?
There it is, high and center in the photo.
Brand new, right in place, apparently unused!
Well, it would have to be unused.
It isn't really hooked up.
I'm pretty sure that for the attic fan to work the wiring has to be attached to a live wire so it has electricity!
That may be in the rules, anyway.
So what's going on there?
What's that other thing hanging down?
That's the old attic fan!
The one they wanted to replace. It' still kind of there. Loitering. Hanging around. With nothing better to do with it's time.
At least it isn't on a street corner somewhere.
But wait! Even though it's unemployed at the moment, it is ready for work!
All that wiring is still live!
And the thermostat is still hooked up!
So I had to wonder if the old fan will turn on when the temperature up there hits a certain point.
Now THAT would be cute!
THIS IS A DISASTER READY TO HAPPEN!
Darn good thing there was a home inspection on this house or somebody would have inherited a circumstance that would have gotten really interesting had the temperature up there gotten warm.
I can't even predict what that fan would do.
What would any spinning cause that fan to do? It's literally hanging there - would the wires get cut or come apart? Would sparks happen? Would it break loose and come through the ceiling below?
The professional installer (says he with a sarcastic drip) got up on the roof, disconnected the old fan and left it hanging in the attic, installed the new fan on the roof and told the people it was all done. Pay me. Ba-bye. Maybe the seller did it himself!
My recommendation: have a home inspection! Who knows what predator lurks out there in the real estate jungle?! There were other electrical installations on this house just as fun, AND AS DANGEROUS, as this one. It is amazing to me what some people want to sell to other people and have them inherit after purchase. I fear for what goes on that is not inspected.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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