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When A Compressor Is On The Roof It Is Out Of Sight, And Out Of Mind

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 16 commentsJay Markanich • June 27 2015 03:42AM

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Good morning, Jay Markanich I have my air conditioning systems serviced every season before any of them are used....my home and investment home.....

andwhat could be better than a physically fit home inspector?? love the photo... 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 3 years ago

  Up on the roof indeed...and without a fiddle....difficult to do year round here and we see all kinds of disclaimers due to snow cover...but very compressors parked there in our part of the world...good call of course !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 3 years ago

A wise practice Miss T!  And, p.s. - I am down 105 pounds.

S&D - some times it isn't practical to go up there!  But hopefully it is and everything can be seen.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay,

Congratulations on the loss of 105 lbs.

They were lucky to have you do the inspection and the previous owners were lucky they did not have an electrical fire as well.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 3 years ago

First question a buyer should ask is "where is the compressor"?  It has to be there and if it's not in plain sight then it must be up.

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) over 3 years ago

Thanks Raymond.  Fifteen more.  I had an accident and thought it best to lose the weight.  I hope I was right.  Actually all the units on the roof looked like this!  I suggested to the agent that they notify the HOA.

Right C&D!  And if access is not provided to the roof for an inspection, arrangements have to be made for later.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Jay, HVAC inspections for condominium units turn up servicing problems more often than not. Buyer beware and select a home inspector with care. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 3 years ago

UGH, up on the roof... even James Taylor would not enjoy inspecting units up there, even if he had PF Flyers.... well, maybe then. Rooftop units are almost always ignored, you know the saying, "Out of sight, out of mind" 

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 3 years ago

PS - You are looking dapper and spiffy there young man, hope you're feeling better!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 3 years ago

I would think that's true, Wayne, and sometimes there is no access!

Fred - the PFs would motivate him to get up there for sure.  And albeit looking like Gene Kelly, I am not, but, as they say - dress like a pro, play like a pro.

Still some pain, but expected.  Feeling better.  I'm taking so many pills I don't need to eat.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay.  I had no idea you were sick.  105 pounds is quite a weight loss.  Hope all is going well

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 3 years ago

Very few people knew James.  I had been sick for well over a year.  Two surgeries in May hopefully corrected it.

Weight loss is not rocket science.  For every 3,500 calories you burn more than you eat you lose a pound.  And the kind of calories you eat matters a lot.  So in the last 10 months I have burned 367,705 calories more than I have eaten.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

I didn't know you were sick either - that's a huge weight loss! I hope you are feeling much better.

As for inspections before purchase, yes!  They are absolutely necessary.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) over 3 years ago

Thanks Kat.  Fifteen pounds more to go.  I wasn't exactly sick.  There was an accident that had to be taken care of.  Few knew.

This inspection really added some peace of mind once the things were taken care of.  The seller, obviously, knew nothing of these issues.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Good evening Jay. Evidently so. I have seen so many neglected units setting on roofs.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 3 years ago

There they sit like birds in the wilderness, birds in the wilderness, birds in the wilderness...

Or something like that Michael.

My Scoutmaster just came out.  Sorry, don't know why!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

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