It’s exciting to buy a new home, but it can be nerve-wracking not knowing if every aspect of the home is in good condition. The heating and cooling system of your new home should be no exception. A home’s HVAC system plays an important role in making your home comfortable year-round, so it’s important to ensure the system will last a long time. But how can you know that without calling in an expert?
To determine whether the HVAC system in your potential new home is up to par, follow these three steps, and you’ll be able to tell right away if you should be concerned or not.
Check for common signs of wear and tear.
One of the easiest ways to tell if your new home’s HVAC system is in good shape is by looking for signs of wear and tear. Check for rust, cracked or dirty filters, and any other signs of damage. In some cases, it may be more cost-effective for the seller to replace the old unit instead of buying a new one.
Listen to the system.
While the system is running, listen for any out-of-the-ordinary sounds like hissing and banging. For example, if the system makes a shrieking or squealing noise, it could indicate that the fan motor is on the fritz.
Check the history
A surefire way to know if the system has been maintained properly is to ask for the service records. It could cost you if the former homeowners haven’t properly maintained the unit.
Check the age of the system by locating the serial number located on the side of both indoor and outdoor units. Once you’ve located the serial number, a quick Google search will help determine the unit’s age, make, and model. If you’re wondering how old is too old when it comes to an HVAC system, it’s a personal choice, but a good rule of thumb is 15-20 years is the average life span for most units.
Get a professional inspection after you’ve signed the contract.
Once you’ve closed on your new property, call us for a professional HVAC inspection. Even if you’re buying a new home, it’s always a good idea to get the HVAC system inspected by a professional. They can tell whether there are any issues with the system and what may need to be done. An inspection will also help you know everything is in proper working order before you move into your new home.