Key points

  • An air-conditioning system with an effective rated output of more than 12kW which was first put into service on or after 1 January 2008 must be inspected within the first five years
  • Systems installed shortly after that date will therefore be approaching the deadline for their first inspection

Background

The 2007 regulations which brought in Energy Performance Certificates also introduced a requirement to carry out regular inspections of air-conditioning systems with an effective rated output of more than 12kW. The deadline for the first inspection is determined by the size of the system and when it was first installed.

All air-conditioning systems over 12kW which were put into service prior to 1 January 2008 should now have had their first inspection.

Systems first put into service on or after 1 January 2008

For systems first put into service on or after 1 January 2008, the requirement was only to ensure that they were inspected within five years of being put into service. Systems installed at the beginning of 2008 will therefore be approaching the deadline for inspection.

Some newer systems may have been inspected anyway, because the person with the control of the system has changed. For example, if the building has been sold or let since 4 January 2011, this may have triggered a duty to have the system inspected within three months, unless an existing inspection report was handed over to the new person controlling the system.

However, for all other systems installed on or after 1 January 2008, an inspection should be arranged before they have been in service for five years.

Repeat inspections

All systems, regardless of their date of installation, must be re-inspected at regular intervals, not exceeding five years.

Further information

For more information on the requirement to carry out air-conditioning inspections, see our previous alerts:

Not just a load of hot air and How to stay cool when the government turns up the heat.

Note that when an air-conditioning inspection report is carried out it must now be lodged on a central government register.