Important HVAC Inspection Tips when Buying a Home
January 11, 2023Back to All Articles
If you’re in the market for a new home, it’s important to know what to look for during the inspection process. This is especially true when it comes to the HVAC system. Heating and cooling can be half of your energy bill, and the appliances involved are equally expensive, so knowing what shape the home’s HVAC system will give you a good idea of your new home’s long-term costs. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your inspection.
Check the age of the HVAC system and its maintenance history
It is important to check the age of the HVAC system and its maintenance history to help you predict what kind of service and repair needs may be on the horizon. Regular tune-ups and ongoing maintenance visits are the best way to ensure that your unit is running safely and efficiently, and prolongs its working life. If you discover that the unit is approaching end-of-life status (around the 10-year mark), factor that into the home’s purchase price. New HVAC units will be more energy-efficient than older models, so an immediate replacement will save some money on gas or electric bills.
Test the HVAC system
By asking to turn the HVAC system on (If it isn’t already), you can make a couple of quick discoveries about the system’s current state.
- Listen for any strange noises coming from the vents and other components.
- While checking for sounds, conduct a visual inspection for signs of physical damage or blockages.
- Ensure that heating/cooling is even throughout the house
Hissing, clicking, banging, or anything else that seems unusual should be asked about and may be signs that the system requires a professional inspection.
Ask the owners about any past or current problems with the HVAC system
If you’re looking to purchase a new home, it’s important to ask the existing owners about any potential issues with the HVAC system. Make sure to inquire about any past problems that may seem relevant as well as anything they’ve experienced since purchasing the property. As we mentioned before, don’t hesitate to request maintenance records and ask how old the system currently is. As the potential owner, it’s essential for you to feel comfortable with the heating, cooling and ventilation condition of your new home.
Get a professional inspection
While the previous tips will help you locate the more obvious problems or points of concern, it’s always wise to have a professional inspection done before signing any contracts. The HVAC system is an integral part of any home and making sure that it is in good shape can save you lots of money in repair costs down the road. Taking the time to research reliable HVAC experts and ensure that they properly assess the condition of heating and cooling systems can bring peace of mind and save worry further on down the line. As such, we strongly recommend a professional inspection before making this important purchase.
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Buying a home can be an exciting prospect, and the HVAC system is an important part of it. Taking a few extra steps to ensure that the system is in good working order can help you avoid costly problems down the line. To make sure you get off to a good start with your new home, make sure you check the age of the system, take a look at its maintenance history, test out all its components yourself, and ask homeowners about any past issues they’ve experienced with their HVAC system.
And don’t forget about us when you need a new, top-quality system installed! Trane comfort specialists have technical training on every machine that they install to ensure optimal performance in your home. Visit our website to find a local dealer today!