STANDARDS OF PRACTICE
the readily accessible main and sub electric panel covers; 4. Service grounding; 5. Interior components of service panels and sub-panels; 6. A representative number of installed lighting fixtures, swireceptacles; 7. A representative number of ground fault circuit interrupters.
(b). Home inspections shall describe readily accessible and observable portions of: 1. Amperage and voltage rating of the service; 2. The location of main dis-connects and sub-panels; 3. The presence of aluminum branch circuit wiring; 4. The presence or absence of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors;
5. The general condition and type of visible branch circuit conductors that may constitute a hazard to the occupant or the residential building by reason of improper use or installation of electrical components
(c). Home inspectors are not required to: 1. Observe and report on remote control devices; 2. Observe and report on alarm systems and components; 3. Observe and report on low voltage wiring systems and c
omponents such as doorbells and intercoms; 4. Observe and report on ancillary wiring systems and compone
nts which are not a part of the primary electrical power distribution system; 5. Insert any tool, probe or testing device into the main or sub-panels; 6. Activate electrical systems or branch circuits which are not energized; 7. Operate overload protection devices; 8. Observe and report on low voltage relays, smoke and/or heat detectors, ant
ennas, electrical de-icing tapes, lawn sprinkler wiring, swimming pool wiring or any system controlled by timers;9. Move any object, furniture or appliance to gain access to any electrical compone
nt; 10. Test every switch, receptacle and fixture; 11. Remove switch and outlet cover plates; 12. Observe and report on electrical equipment n
ical component or any standby emergency generators or components.
Section 197-5.10 Heating Syste
(a). Home inspectors shall: 1. Describe the type of fuel, heating equipment and heating distributio
stem; 2. Operate the systems using thermostats; 3. Open readily accessible and operable access panels provided by the manufacturer or installer for routine homeowner maintenance; 4. Observe and report on the condition of normally operated controls and components of the systems; 5. Observe and report on visible flue pipes, dampers and related components for functional operation; 6. Observe and report on the presence of and the condition of a representative number of heat sources in each habitable space of the residential building; 7. Observe and report on the operation of fixed supplementary heat units; 8. Observe and report on visible components of vent systems, flues and chimneys;
(b). Home inspectors are not required to: 1. Activate or operate the heating systems that do not respond to the thermostats or have
been shut down; 2. Observe, evaluate and report on heat exchangers;