Once you have bought an air conditioning system and have had it installed, many of us push it to the back of our minds so we can focus on other aspects of our lives and business. It is, however, essential that your system is checked and maintained for safety and compliance purposes. A TM44 inspection is part of this ongoing process to keep you compliant within the law.
What Is A TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection?
First introduced in 2011 by the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), the TM44 regulation inspection is the process in which an accredited inspector comes out to inspect your air conditioning system. As part of the inspection, the assessor will review efficiency of your system, check for faults, and advise you on how you can make it more efficient, sustainable, and even reduce the costs involved in running it. You will receive a full report following the inspection that details findings, faults, and recommendations.
Who Requires A TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection?
Building owners and managers in England and Wales with control of air-conditioning systems with an effective rated output of more than 12kW are required to ensure compliance with the regulations. This includes systems consisting of individual units which are less than 12kW but whose combined effective rated output is more than 12kW.
This applies to both commercial and residential properties, and it is the responsibility of the property owner to arrange the inspection. These inspections must be carried out every five years in order to stay compliant.
What Happens If I Don’t Have a TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection?
If you have an airconditioning unit of at least 12kW, and have not had an inspection within the last five years, you are breaking the law and may be issued a penalty if you are caught. These penalties can be quite harsh, with the maximum penalty being £300 per day until you have had an inspection. This £300 penalty is per building or unit, so if, for example, you have 3 noncompliant units, you could be charged £900 per day until you have an inspection!
You can also be charged £200 per unit or building if you fail to provide an inspection report to an authority within 7 days of them requesting it.
Book Your Inspection With PAR Refrigeration
If you are due an inspection then do not panic – PAR Refrigeration can help. We offer an accredited TM44 inspection service that ensures your buildings remain compliant with the law. After your inspection, you will receive a comprehensive report that could help your system be more efficient and even save you money, as well as identify any faults with your system that may need repairs.
If you would like to find out more, including further information on our air conditioning services, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01924 872109.