Winter inspections create a number of issues for home and owners and home inspectors, one of those important and challenging? The A/C unit.

The main obstacle in reviewing the A/C is the outdoor temperature. You should not operate an a/c unit (or heat pump in the cooling mode) when the outdoor temperature is below about 60°F, or you will risk damaging the compressor.

The problem is that the refrigerant may begin to condense (become liquid) within the compressor and damage or ruin the valves, piston, etc., and if this goes unchecked, it will do a lot more damage to your A/C unit than you would think, and in a lot of cases, can completely destroy it.

Liquids are not compressible, and the compressor is designed to compress gaseous refrigerant, not liquid refrigerant.

Some higher end compressors in cold climates have a small heating element in the base of the compressor to help alleviate this potential problem.

Most people do not disconnect the power to their a/c unit in the winter, they just move the thermostat from cool to heat.  That leaves the power to that little heating element (mentioned above) and that is quite a bit of work for such a small unit.

Grush Inspections, LLC wants to ensure that your heat and your A/C unit are in working condition before all that Nevada snow hits.

Things to remember:

  • We cannot operate the A/C unit if the temperature outside is below 60 degrees.
  • We will inspect the unit for all issues and will include them in a detailed and easy-to-read report after a full inspection is performed.

Inspections in Winter

Winter inspections present a number of safety issues, low temperatures, and access.

Trying to inspect when snow is present makes the job a bit more difficult, so if you are looking for a home inspection in Reno, try to schedule one before the weather gets any worse!

One of the main parts of the home that should be inspected is the roof.

The first real issue is visibility.  Can you see the roof’s surfaces?

As a Reno inspection service that has been in the game for quite some time, if you can’t see your entire roof, even a partial inspection is better than nothing.

Typically, you would either inspect or not inspect an individual roof face. If it is only partially visible, we will record it as not visible.  If the front of the house has no snow (usually the south side), but the back (north side) is covered, we will record the back as not visible and not inspected. Again, something is better than nothing.

But first things first, can we get on the roof? 

Inspecting from the roof is the only way to do a thorough inspection and give our clients what they expect. It is very important to choose an inspection agency that will go the required mile (not even the extra), meaning that we get up there because roof inspections are very important.

Thoroughly inspecting the roof to ensure there are no issues that go undetected can only be done my a Reno inspection service that is as dedciated as Grush Inspections.

Bottom line, the roof is a critical aspect of the home and a home inspector should do everything possible to insure that the potential home buyer is made aware of all the knowledge possible regarding the roof, A/C units, heaters, and anything else that may cause issues when the temperature drops.