Frequently Asked Questions

Will air conditioning systems in all types of building be inspected?

No, the trigger for inspections is size. Any domestic or commercial building with an air conditioning system that has an effective rated output of more than 12kW will need an inspection.

Who is responsible for getting an air con inspection?

The person who controls the technical functioning of the system is responsible for getting the air conditioning system inspected. The person who controls the operation of the system is the person who controls the technical functioning of the system, not someone who does no more than adjust the temperature.

What are the responsibilities of the person who controls the technical functioning of the air conditioning system?

If you control the operation of an air-conditioning system affected by these Regulations, it is your responsibility to:

  • ensure an inspection has been done in accordance with the requirements and timetable of the Regulations
  • keep the most recent inspection report made by an energy assessor
  • give any inspection report kept by you to any person taking over your responsibilities with respect to the control of the air-conditioning system If you have taken over control of an air-conditioning system from 4 January 2011 and you haven't been given an inspection report, you must ensure the system is inspected within three months of taking over such control. What does a 'system' mean according to the regulations? A system is made up of one or more air-conditioning units in a building that are controlled by the one person.


What does the inspection involve?

An energy inspection of an air conditioning system involves a visual assessment of the air conditioning installation. The inspector will examine the equipment and, air movement systems and controls. Additionally, access to plant rooms or rooftop locations will be required. Following the inspection, the inspector will provide a report.

Who can inspect air conditioning systems?

An energy assessor accredited to inspect air conditioning systems.

Is a report presented after the inspection?

Yes, a written report will be provided which gives advice and guidance on how to improve the energy efficiency of the system as soon as practicable after the inspection.

How often are inspections required?

Inspections will be done at intervals not to exceed five years.

Is the advice mandatory?

No, there is no obligation to act on the advice provided in the inspection report. However, if the advice is acted on it is likely that energy consumption and costs will be reduced.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

The penalty for non-compliance will be a fine of £300.

Who is going to make sure (enforcement) my system is tested?

The office of trading standards will be responsible for enforcement.

Is there a certificate that tells me I've had my inspection?

No, after the inspection you will receive a report on your system.


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