With each and every home inspection in Las Vegas the challenges are many. On an inspection the other day I found the air conditioning was not activating. After several attempts with the thermostat I was ready to declare and write the A/C was not functioning.
The agent that was with me was curious also with many years under his belt. He also examined the main fuse block to the A/C and pulled one out. Low and behold it was installed upside down. He put it in the correct way and the unit fired up. He mention he had come across this before. Someone (Usually the owner of the property or listing agent) will do this so that the buyers agent doesn't enter the property and put the thermostat on 65 degrees and leave it that way.
Well, to my amazement, I learned something new to look for. As with every inspection I take care not to recommend service calls so the buyer can save money, but in a case like this, I would have definitely recommended one. I would rather a buyer spend $50-75. on a call than be informed upon move in that they need a new unit or costly repairs. Just goes to show you that on the job training never stops and neither does the learning. Please visit our website: www.SherlockInspections.com for many answers to your home inspection questions. I am Ed Albrecht, Owner/Inspector, Sherlock Home Inspections, Inc. of Las Vegas.