HVAC/R Code Inspectors conduct a complete review of electrical and mechanical drawings, document applicable codes, and perform inspections on HVAC/R installations to ensure the systems match all drawings and are installed in a safe and workman-like manner.
HVAC/R Code Inspectors can specialize in residential or commercial construction inspections or both industries. Most HVAC/R Inspectors have extensive experience working in the HVAC/R industry. Residential HVAC/R Inspectors usually acquire HERS Certification and focus on inspections of new construction of residential homes or retrofitted homes. Commercial HVAC/R Code Inspectors, sometimes known as Mechanical Inspectors, closely inspect HVAC systems' electrical, mechanical, and sometimes other systems such as Building Automation Systems for commercial sites. They evaluate and approve or disapprove of the work done in accordance with local regulations and ensure the systems are safely installed and function properly. They may also inspect commercial kitchen equipment, gas-fired appliances, and boilers. Some municipalities are beginning to require an associate's or bachelor's degree in HVAC/R technology, architecture or engineering plus relevant work experience for their inspector positions. Many inspectors also have experience in project management and general construction.