Air Conditioning Inspections

Air Conditioning Inspections

Why and when are air conditioning inspections required?

If you have a public or commercial property, an air conditioning inspection (also called a TM44 inspection) is required by law.  The Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations 2007 introduced a legal obligation to ensure the system is inspected by 4 January 2009 for 250kW and larger systems and by 4 January 2011 for systems between 12kW and 250kW.  The inspections must be no more than five years apart, or you may be fined £300.

Having an air conditioning system inspected by an accredited air conditioning energy assessor is designed to improve efficiency, reduce energy consumption, operating costs and the carbon emissions of the system. The good news is that often the savings identified will cover the cost of the inspection.

What does an air conditioning inspection cover and what can I expect in the report?

The inspection will examine the refrigeration and air moving equipment that are part of air conditioning systems and their controls. It will also examine any documentation that helps to understand the system, or indicates the extent to which the system has been maintained. The energy assessor is also required to estimate whether the system is suitably sized for the cooling loads in the treated spaces and to provide advice on ways in which the performance of the system might be improved.

The air conditioning inspection report will include at least the following details:

  • the likely efficiency of the system and any suggestions made for improvement;
  • any faults identified during the inspection and suggested actions;
  • the adequacy of equipment maintenance and any suggestions for improvement;
  • the adequacy of the installed controls and control settings and any suggestions made for improvement;
  • the current size of the installed system in relation to the cooling load any suggestions for improvement;
  • summary of the findings and the key recommendations.

How quickly can I get one?

Our turnaround target is 48 hours for the site visit and 24 hours to return the report. If your report is urgent we can often accommodate a quicker appointment.