How To Evaluate an HVAC Unit When Buying a Home
It is hard to truly evaluate the finer details of a home that is up for sale before you put in that offer. One of the things that you have to be careful of is the HVAC unit. HVAC units can cost a lot of money to repair or replace if there is a problem. After spending a lot of money on a new home, the last thing you want is to be faced with is a large, unexpected bill to replace the HVAC unit. Here are some tips that can help give you an idea of whether the HVAC unit is in great shape or may require repairs before you sign off on the house.
Complete a Simple Visual Inspection
One of the best ways to tell the condition of an HVAC unit when you are buying a home is to complete a simple visual inspection of the unit. Most units within a home are easily accessible and visible. When you are touring the home, look outside at the AC unit or head to the basement to check on the furnace. If the unit is running, it's even better. As you complete your visual inspection, make sure the unit is cleaned up, that it does not look rusty, and that it is not making any strange noises once it kicks on. You will also want to ensure there are no noticeable leaks.
Check For an Energy Label on the Unit
Beginning in the year 1980, manufacturers were required to place yellow energy labels on certain appliances, including air conditioning units and furnaces. As you inspect a heating or cooling appliance, take the time to look for this label. This label will tell you the exact make, model and manufacturer of the appliance, which may help you determine when the unit was made and how old it is. This label will also help you determine the estimated cost to run the unit and how much energy the unit uses. It is important to note that the label can be peeled off, so buyers may have removed it, but if you can find this label, it can tell you a lot about the unit.
Evaluate the Comfort Level In Each Room
The final way to evaluate an HVAC unit is to assess the comfort level in each room as the heater or air conditioning unit is running. Each room should feel about the same temperature as the other rooms, and there should not be obvious hot and cold spots. If you notice that one room is unseasonably warm or cool, ask the seller about maintenance and if past repairs were attempted.
Depending on the terms of your offer, you may be able to have the HVAC system professionally inspected before you complete the sale of your home, or you may wish to have a unit inspected in a home you have already completed the sale on. If you are looking for a full inspection of an HVAC system, we can help. Call Guaranteed Heating & Cooling today to schedule an appointment!