Brandon Whitmore Posted November 7, 2009 Report Share Posted November 7, 2009 I inspected a house about a month ago and had a laundry list of issues with it. Should I mention that it was pre- inspected? For the first of my questions, only because I am wondering if I am too picky-- code aside and all. One of the furnaces is located in the attic. One the sheet metal return air plenum there is a slot cut in the top of the return air plenum just before the blower to stick a filter in. There is nothing to hold the filter into place, just a cut in the top of the square plenum. I wrote up the lack of a filter cover (air leak) in the plenum, and recommended a proper cover be installed, and that a proper filter slot be fabricated to hold the filter into place. On the original inspection, there was a slightly over-sized paper filter installed so that the cardboard end stuck up/ out enough to hold the filter into place. The HVAC contractor argued and said that a filter cover was not required at this location and it would not hurt anything to leave it open. He said this is how it was built (no @#$@). I pushed back and said #$@#. For the re- inspection, I held my breath hoping for something decent. All the contractor did was make up something that my infant may have facricated for him. He stuck in a smaller filter (any guesses what happened to that filter). Then he stuck a home made type of cover over the opening that was too long (heavy air leaks on both ends), and had some weatherstripping on it. Problem being that the square plenum was not level, so the top cover did not seal the cut in the plenum. Frigging shocking. Here's the reply I recieved just now on an e- mail regarding my re- write up: a. The additional metal cover with airtight seals was put in place andwingnuts used to assure a good seal. The re-inspection pushed the filter down into the furnace (where it was left by the inspector). I fished out the filter and replaced it with the original size filter that does not fall into the furnace. (The size the inspector said was incorrect) Conclusion: This item is satisfied. What does "the re- inspection pushed the filter down into the furnace" mean? Basically they are saying that they had to use a smaller filter that would fit into the return air opening so that they could cap the opening off. Seeing as how there was nothing to retain the filter, how did they expect to keep the filter into place? I stepped up into the attic, with one of my favorite Realtors following being me. I looked at what they did before getting to the furnace, and said "you have got to be frigging kidding me". I looked at the crappy filter cover thingy, slid it to the side and saw a filter lying sideways in the plenum. This was on the reply to my client's from the listing agent: 5) HVAC: Please see the receipt from AAA Heating and Cooling, Inc. This receiptdetails that the furnaces were serviced, proper sized air filters installed and Ã¢â¬Åvent securedÃ¢â¬ Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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