Home Inspection Standards of Practice
(Appliances)

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535.232. Standards of Practice: Minimum Inspection Requirements for Appliances
(a) Dishwasher. The inspector shall report as Deficient:
(1) inoperative unit(s);
(2) rust on the interior of the cabinet or components;
(3) failure to drain properly;
(4) the presence of active water leaks; and
(5) deficiencies in the:
(A) door gasket;
(B) control and control panels;
(C) dish racks;
(D) rollers;
(E) spray arms;
(F) operation of the soap dispenser;
(G) door springs;
(H) dryer element;
(I) door latch and door disconnect;
(J) rinse cap;
(K) secure mounting of the unit; and
(L) backflow prevention.
(b) Food waste disposer. The inspector shall report as Deficient:
(1) inoperative unit(s);
(2) unusual sounds or vibration level;
(3) the presence of active water leaks; and
(4) deficiencies in the:
(A) splash guard;
(B) grinding components;
(C) exterior casing; and
(D) secure mounting of the unit.
(c) Range exhaust vent. The inspector shall report as Deficient:
(1) inoperative unit(s);
(2) a vent pipe that does not terminate outside the structure, if the unit is not of a re-circulating type or configuration;
(3) inadequate vent pipe material;
(4) unusual sounds or vibration levels from the blower fan(s);
(5) blower(s) that do not operate at all speeds; and
(6) deficiencies in the:
(A) filter;
(B) vent pipe;
(C) light and lens;
(D) secure mounting of the unit; and
(E) switches.
(d) Electric or gas ranges, cooktops, and ovens. The inspector shall report as Deficient:
(1) inoperative unit(s);
(2) the lack of a gas shut-off valve;
(3) gas leaks; and
(4) deficiencies in the:
(A) controls and control panels;
(B) thermostat(s) sensor support;
(C) glass panels;
(D) door gasket(s), hinges, springs, closure, and handles;
(E) door latch;
(F) heating elements or burners;
(G) thermostat accuracy (within 25 degrees at a setting of 350 degrees F);
(H) drip pans;
(I) lights and lenses;
(J) clearance to combustible material;
(K) anti-tip device;
(L) gas shut-off valve(s) and location(s);
(M) gas connector materials and connections; and
(N) secure mounting of the unit.
(e) Microwave oven. The inspector shall:
(1) inspect built-in units; and
(2) report as Deficient:
(A) inoperative unit(s); and
(B) deficiencies in the:
(i) controls and control panels;
(ii) handles;
(iii) the turn table;
(iv) interior surfaces;
(v) door and door seal;
(vi) glass panels;
(vii) lights and lenses;
(viii) secure mounting of the unit; and
(ix) operation, as determined by heating a container of water or with other means of testing.
(f) Trash compactor. The inspector shall report as Deficient:
(1) inoperative unit(s);
(2) unusual sounds or vibration levels; and
(3) deficiencies in the secure mounting of the unit.
(g) Mechanical exhaust vents and bathroom heaters. The inspector shall report as Deficient:
(1) inoperative unit(s);
(2) unusual sounds, speed, and vibration levels;
(3) vent pipes that do not terminate outside the structure;
(4) a gas heater that is not vented to the exterior of the structure; and
(5) the lack of an exhaust ventilator in required areas.
(h) Garage door operators. The inspector shall report as Deficient:
(1) inoperative unit(s);
(2) door locks or side ropes that have not been removed or disabled; and
(3) deficiencies in:
(A) installation;
(B) condition and operation of the garage door operator;
(C) automatic reversal during the closing cycle;
(D) electronic sensors;
(E) the control button; and
(F) the emergency release components.
(i) Doorbell and chimes. The inspector shall report as Deficient:
(1) inoperable unit(s); and
(2) deficiencies in components.
(j) Dryer vents. The inspector shall report as Deficient:
(1) improper routing and length of vent pipe;
(2) inadequate vent pipe material;
(3) improper termination;
(4) the lack of a dryer vent system when provisions are present for a dryer; and
(5) damaged or missing exterior cover.
(k) Specific limitations for appliances. The inspector is not required to:
(1) operate or determine the condition of other auxiliary components of inspected items;
(2) test for microwave oven radiation leaks;
(3) inspect self-cleaning functions;
(4) test trash compactor ram pressure; or
(5) determine the adequacy of venting systems.
 
 
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