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5 Tips to Check Your HVAC System When You Buy a New Home

Nov 25

5 Tips to Check Your HVAC System When You Buy a New Home


The excitement of purchasing a new house can be overwhelming. There are so many things to consider when making a choice. You want to live somewhere safe and have access to all the services you require. A neglected aspect of the HVAC Cleveland oh is the HVAC system. These are some suggestions for inspecting an HVAC system before you make an offer.


  • You can do a simple cost-benefit assessment.

A new HVAC system is something that you don't want after you purchase a home. It's one thing to save some money for this possibility, but most homeowners won't be able to afford a downpayment that will allow them to upgrade essential features quickly. Costs for central air conditioners, furnaces, and their installation can run into the thousands. You might feel like you are facing financial hardship if all your money is spent on the mortgage.


There are exceptions. You may be able to find great deals on older properties you cannot pass up. You might be able, even if you have the HVAC system to be replaced, to save money by buying the property at the right price. It is worth comparing the home's price to the costs of updating your HVAC system in order to determine whether it is a wise investment.


  • Look at the HVAC System

Be sure to inspect the HVAC system while touring potential properties. Any unusual sounds, like clanging or hissing, could signal a problem. Additionally, you should inspect your HVAC equipment for water staining, cracks, and rust.

Ask homeowners for their HVAC maintenance records. If the homeowners have maintained their annual maintenance visits, it should not be difficult to produce the paperwork.

HVAC systems older than ten or fifteen years old will need to be replaced. If you think the home you are interested in buying has an old HVAC system, it is possible to negotiate a price reduction. When you move in, you'll have more flexibility to schedule a replacement HVAC installation.


  • Examine the ductwork

In order to ensure that the HVAC unit works properly, it's important to check the ducting throughout a house. Inspect the ductwork for leaks, loose connections, and signs of dampness. If they look too dusty, this is a sign that the homeowner failed to fulfill half of the maintenance contract. This could mean you need to replace your HVAC system once you move into your new home.

If the homeowner purchased indoor air quality products such as an air purifier (or whole-house dehumidifier), you're in luck. For poor indoor air quality, you will need to spend money to have the ducts cleaned and the HVAC system upgraded after you buy your home.


  • Ask about insulation.

Also, consider how well the insulation is installed in the house. Ask the homeowner what type of insulation was used in their home and when it was last updated. Insulation tends to settle over time. Leaks and draughts can occur if the insulation isn’t renewed. Draughty rooms make the job of heating and cooling the house more difficult. It may result in the HVAC system working harder, which could lead to higher energy costs.


  • Think about the refrigerant being used.

R-22, a banned refrigerant, can be used by older HVAC systems (EPA). R-22 can still be used in your home, even though it is difficult to find a reliable supply. R-22 will be banned from being created by 2020. If you want to use a more safe refrigerant, your HVAC system must be replaced or modified.


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