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    Absolutely write it up.

    That pad should either be on terra firma or on a support bracketed of the structure, not on a teeter totter.

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    Jeff,

    No weep holes visible in Photo.

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    Why is that suction line burried?? Problemo.

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    A few other observations,

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    Electrical outlet / receptacle?
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    Don't forget 'too close to the wall' and 'under the roof runoff' (unless there is a gable end above or a gutter).

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    Jerry,

    I have had several HVAC contractors tell me that the run-off from the roof is not detrimental to a condensing unit.

    I've always commented if the diverter was not present on the edge of the roof, but have been shot down so many times on it I've just about quit commenting on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Hurst View Post
    Jerry,

    I have had several HVAC contractors tell me that the run-off from the roof is not detrimental to a condensing unit.

    I've always commented if the diverter was not present on the edge of the roof, but have been shot down so many times on it I've just about quit commenting on it.

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    Rick,

    Every single installation instruction I've read in the past 10 years as stated *NOT* to locate the condenser unit where roof run off will strike the condenser unit.

    I trust the manufacturer more than those HVAC techs, besides, does the code say to install them in accordance with what the techs say, or in accordance with the installation instructions?

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    The condenser pad should not be on the wood planter border that will eventually rot and cause the unit to be out of level. Jerry is right, the condenser should also not be under the roof runoff. The manufacturers instructions are actually the "Code" (and always have been around here) but are often disregarded by installers. Write it up. Electrical disconnect switches must be in sight of the motor for the last 50 years, that should be written up as well.


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    Hi
    My name is Scott Regan; an I have been in the HVAC field for over 20 years.
    I have seen this on numerals actions and every time my heat skip a beat.
    First thing is the malfunctions installation says the unit must maintain a 3 inch clears on all sides. The unit must not tilt more the 15 degrees, in any direction. There is no code or any specs on how to ache this, just my must. To answer your questions, this unit is up to code, yet personally I would make a not note in the report that the concert pad resting on the pillar will cause the pillar to decayed or even brake down the wall if not corrected.
    I hope this help you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Regan View Post
    Hi
    My name is Scott Regan; an I have been in the HVAC field for over 20 years.
    I have seen this on numerals actions and every time my heat skip a beat.
    First thing is the malfunctions installation says the unit must maintain a 3 inch clears on all sides. The unit must not tilt more the 15 degrees, in any direction. There is no code or any specs on how to ache this, just my must. To answer your questions, this unit is up to code, yet personally I would make a not note in the report that the concert pad resting on the pillar will cause the pillar to decayed or even brake down the wall if not corrected.
    I hope this help you.
    What is a malfunctions installation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Hurst View Post
    What is a malfunctions installation?

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    This Sure Looks Like One.(Malfunctions as more than one malfunction)

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    Scott, what part of the country are you from, and is your keyboard broke?


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    I know Scott meant manufacturer's instructions... not malfunctions instictions.

    By the way Scott... do you have something to support the "15 degrees in any direction" thingy...

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    One HVAC contractor told me that the 15 degrees was not true, others have said it can cause damages to the compressor.

    I personally don't call it out.

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    I have seen one or two manufacturer's installation instructions which said 10 degrees, 15 degrees or something like that, however, other than those rare instances, they all say 'on a level mounting surface' or words to that effect.

    Scott Regan (before I continue ... welcome to the board, Scott) said "To answer your questions, this unit is up to code," - which is incorrect as that installation does not meet code in several ways.

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