Up to Code: Get an HVAC Inspection Before You Buy a New Home
You’re in love with the kitchen layout. The master bedroom is a dream. You can already picture yourself on the deck, admiring the professionally landscaped yard. Before you fall head over heels and make an offer on this new home, remember two words: HVAC inspection. With help from S&R Heating, Cooling & Appliance Repair, this simple inspection could save you thousands of dollars.
Why Do You Need an HVAC Inspection?
A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) inspection is done by a certified technician who knows how to thoroughly examine these home systems. Many homebuyers mistakenly assume that a home inspector will cover all quality requirements. But a home inspector’s HVAC review is a bare-bones check at best. In fact, according to the Standards of Practice from the American Society of Home Inspectors, inspectors are not required to evaluate HVAC specifics like air filters or heat exchangers.
What Does a Furnace and Air Conditioning Inspection Involve?
A professional heating and cooling system inspection can be the difference between a fair deal and a done deal that soon costs you several thousand dollars. This thorough inspection can pay for itself many times over when compared to the cost of repairing or replacing a furnace or an air conditioning system—not to mention save you the stress of dealing with an old system in your new home.
The HVAC inspection helps determine the system’s age, any safety concerns, how long it can be expected to last, and what future repairs may be needed. Look for these signs of neglected maintenance:
- Clogged air filter
- Damaged system fans
- Frayed belts
- Corroded burners or dirty evaporator and condenser coils
- Cracked heat exchangers (which can emit carbon monoxide)
- Refrigerant leaks
- Failed safety systems
Age and Efficiency Matter
If an HVAC system is 10 or more years old, consider replacement before finalizing any home deal. That means either replace it before you sell, or figure that into the offer or contingency as a buyer.
New homeowners who previously rented often don’t realize how much HVAC expenses can add up if overlooked. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling accounts for approximately half of a home’s utility costs. That’s why your comfort system’s age and efficiency rating matter. Read the Energy Guide labels; the higher the rating, the more efficient the system. Note that although these ratings are a good energy measure in the first few years, an HVAC system’s efficiency decreases as it ages.
Inspect Before You Make an Offer?
Yes! It’s easy to get wrapped up in a home’s aesthetics and rush to make an offer. Without knowing exactly what repairs you need, you’ll likely pay for your haste in the future. It’s essential to get a home inspection and a professional HVAC inspection upfront to account for any repair costs or add any necessary contingencies.
For HVAC Inspection and Beyond
Owners and prospective buyers like you in the Greater Twin Cities depend on S&R Heating for all their home comfort needs. As an award-winning Bryant® Factory Authorized Dealer, we have complete services that set us apart from others, and set you up for a great move. Contact us for your HVAC inspection, as well as routine maintenance, repairs, and replacements.