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When is an air conditioning inspection required?

All air conditioning systems with an effective rated output of more than 12kw must be regularly inspected by an Energy Assessor. The inspections must be a maximum of five years apart.

The regulations require the first inspection of the affected air conditioning systems to be carried out as follows:

  1. for all systems first put into service on or after 1 January 2008, the first inspection must have taken place within five years of the date when it was first put into service
  2. for other air conditioning systems, where the effective rated output is more than 250kW the first inspection must happen by 4 January 2009 (This can be an accumulation of numbers of smaller units (i.e. 150 bedroom hotel with 1.5KW cooling units within each bedroom, will require an inspection and generally larger buildings over 2000m³).
  3. for other air conditioning systems, where the effective rated output is more than 12kW the first inspection must happen by 4 January 2011.

From 4 January 2011, if the person in control of the air conditioning system changes and the new person in control is not given an inspection report, the new person in control of the system must ensure the air conditioning system is inspected within three months of the day that person assumes control of the system.

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