The heating and cooling system is inspected to determine if the equipment is safe and functional. There are three systems evaluated under this standard:
Heating: A system consisting of a heat source and method of distribution designed to heat the surrounding air and area.
- A permanently installed heating source is installed and self-fueled.
- A permanently installed heating source may include forced air heating, radiant heat, baseboard units heated by electric, or installed wall units.
- A permanently installed heating source may not include space heaters that are not installed or fireplaces and wood-burning stoves that are not self-fueled.
- Ventilation: A method of air distribution by air ducts to transfer air from one location to another. Air can be distributed passively or forced.
- Air conditioning: A system consisting of a cooling source and method of distribution designed to cool the surrounding air and area.
- A cooking appliance.
- Portable space heaters.
- Fireplaces or wood stoves.
- This deficiency does not apply to:
- Mechanical rooms or closets.
- Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, US Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.
- Determine exterior air temperature at the time of the inspection.
- Engage permanently installed heating source to verify functionality.
- For air conditioners, place a hand near the system or device to feel for conditioned air.
- If the heating system cannot be turned on due to design (e.g., system that is switched from a boiler to a chiller during the summer; a fuel-burning heating system that will not engage when the outside temperature is above a certain threshold), then do not evaluate under this deficiency.
|Def#||Deficiency||Severity||Repair Due||HCV Rating|
|1||HVAC system is damaged/inoperable/missing (interior temp less than 64 degrees)||Life Threatening||24 Hours||Fail|
|2||HVAC is functioning but cannot provide interior temp greater than 68 degrees||Severe||24 Hours **||Fail|
|7||A heating system is damaged/inoperable/missing (4/1-9/30)||Moderate||30 Days||Fail|
|9||Common area HVAC is not working between 10/1 and 3/31||Moderate||30 Days||Fail|
**HCV/PBV Repair Timeline for this standard is 30 days