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What is a TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection?

What is a TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection?

If you have had a commercial property with air conditioning installed, your air conditioning could be costing you more than it should. Air-conditioning systems in commercial premises require a TM44 inspection every five years to comply with legislation.

The purpose of the inspection is to provide owners and managers with information about how energy-efficient their cooling systems are. The report also provides advice on how to save money by being more energy efficient when it comes to cooling your office or commercial premises. A modern and effective air conditioning system will not only save on maintenance and repair bills, but it will also use less energy reducing the running cots.

Although any guidance does not have to be acted upon, business owners and managers can make an informed decision based on the TM44 inspection report. In some cases, energy costs have been drastically reduced without any significant outlay in new systems. Inappropriate controls and settings may be causing both heating and cooling systems to be operating simultaneously – a clear case of producing excessive CO2 emissions and burning money unnecessarily.

What is not understood is that these inspections are also designed to help identify equipment that is leaking “fugitive” emissions. The refrigerants used withing air conditioning systems are very harmful to the atmosphere. If released into the atmosphere they typically have the equivalent global warming potential around 2,000 times that of CO2.

As we increasingly migrate towards air conditioning and heat pump technologies and away from fossil fuels, regular testing and inspection will be key to mitigate significant environmental damage caused by neglected equipment.

Why Choose SEA Consulting for Your TM44 Inspection?

Our team of accredited energy assessors can ensure you remain compliant with the TM44 regulations, bringing over 40 years’ experience in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration industry.

Who needs an air conditioning inspection?

  • All commercial buildings must have air conditioning systems inspected every five years if they have air conditioning installed with an output exceeding 12kW
  • Buildings with an air conditioning system(s) totalling 12kW or more must have a valid TM44 air conditioning report 
  • This includes small individual units where the combined capacity is 12kW or more (approx. 3 wall units)
  • The first TM44 inspection should take place before the air-conditioning is 5 years old, and further inspections should be scheduled every 5 years (or less) thereafter. 
  • An air conditioning assessment must be carried out by an accredited energy assessor, SEA has a number of inhouse assessors.
  • The recommendations part of the report can save money by reducing energy consumption and maintenance cost 
  • Air conditioning reports help you enhance your company’s green credentials.

What is involved with a TM44 Air Conditioning System Inspection?

A TM44 inspection involves a site visit by an accredited energy assessor. They will undertake a full review of all of your air-conditioning systems, including the control settings and the maintenance reports. It includes an appraisal of whether the system is sized adequately and effective for the square footage.

The report will make recommendations on how your cooling systems could be more energy efficient, which may include tweaking controls that involve no financial outlay. They may also recommend adjustments to the maintenance regime, equipment replacement or alternative cooling solutions that would be more efficient.

Where equipment is at the end of it economic life its normally more cost effective to replace it that to continue paying for ongoing repair bills on inefficient equipment. Current equipment installed today can have an energy saving of at least 25% compared to when it was first installed.

Can you spot the major design flaw of the following installation?

The report also highlights any issues with the installation that could be easily rectified. In the above photo hot air being rejected from one unit is being blown into the supply air used to cool other unit. This makes it harder for the air conditioning unit to reject its heat, forcing it to work harder in order to provide the required cooling and driving up the running costs by a significant margin.

What are the benefits of a TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection?

  • Improve the energy efficiency of your air conditioning systems 
  • Identify faults affecting the efficacy of the units 
  • Reduce your system maintenance and running costs
  • Help demonstrate ESG reporting needs with regards to “fugitive” emissions.
  • Reduce the carbon emissions produced from running your air conditioning, helping you meet your sustainability and net zero goals 
  • Put in place better control settings that meet your operational needs
  • Help spot and reduce refrigerant leaks, which are very harmful to the environment.
  • Stay legal and avoid being fined for non-compliance.
  • Feel good that you are helping to contribute towards reducing energy waste and environmental damage.

How to Know When a TM44 Inspection is Required?

Many companies are unaware of when the last TM44 inspection took place, if at all. Contact us, and we can help you decide if you should have a TM44 inspection to ensure you are fully compliant with the current legislation.

Information you should keep and supply when possible:

  • Air Conditioning Asset List
  • F Gas Register 
  • Maintenance Reports

Why Use SEA Consulting as a Registered TM44 air condition inspector?

Our team at SEA Consulting are both qualified CIBSE chartered building service engineers and government approved energy assessors. With over 40 years of experience in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration industry together we can tell you where you can save energy, reducing you carbon emissions and running costs.

    Frequently Asked Questions About TM44 Air Conditioning Inspections

    What are the penalties for not having a valid TM44 certificate?

    You can be fined a minimum of £300 which can be repeated weekly until you have a valid certificate in place. There is a further £200 fine every time you fail to provide a copy of the report within 7 days to an enforcement authority such as a Trading Standards.

    What is a TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection?

    A TM44 inspection is a mandatory assessment of the efficiency and performance of air conditioning systems in buildings. It aims to identify areas for improvement and enhance energy efficiency.

    Who is Required to Have a TM44 Inspection?

    TM44 inspections are mandatory for buildings with a total air-conditioned output greater than 12kW. This includes commercial buildings, offices, and industrial premises.

    How Often Should TM44 Inspections Be Conducted?

    TM44 inspections are required at least every five years for eligible buildings. However, more frequent inspections may be advisable to ensure optimal efficiency and compliance.

    What is the Purpose of a TM44 Inspection?

    The primary purpose is to assess the efficiency of air conditioning systems and identify opportunities for improvement. This helps reduce energy consumption, lower costs, and decrease environmental impact.

    Who Can Perform a TM44 Inspection?

    TM44 inspections must be conducted by qualified and accredited air conditioning energy assessors. It’s crucial to ensure the assessor is registered and follows the guidelines set by the accreditation scheme.

    What Happens During a TM44 Inspection?

    The assessor will evaluate the air conditioning systems, looking at factors such as efficiency, sizing, and controls. They will provide a detailed report with recommendations for improvements.

    Are There Penalties for Non-Compliance with TM44 Regulations?

    Yes, non-compliance can result in financial penalties. It’s essential for building owners and operators to schedule timely TM44 inspections to meet legal obligations.

    Can a TM44 Inspection Help Reduce Energy Costs?

    Absolutely. TM44 inspections often reveal energy-saving opportunities, allowing businesses to implement measures that reduce energy consumption, leading to cost savings over time.

    Is TM44 Inspection Different from Regular Maintenance?

    Yes, TM44 inspections focus specifically on the efficiency of air conditioning systems. While maintenance addresses immediate issues, TM44 assessments provide a holistic view of performance and energy usage.

    How Can I Schedule a TM44 Inspection for My Building?

    To schedule a TM44 inspection, contact an accredited air conditioning energy assessor. Ensure they have the necessary qualifications and are registered with the appropriate accreditation scheme. SEA Consulting have over 40 years of industry experience, find out more about how we can help you with your next inspection here.