Purchasing a home is a very big financial decision, and you want to ensure what you are purchasing is a good investment. This means inspecting various aspects of the home prior to purchasing it, and potentially walking away if things are not in good shape. This extends to the condition of the home's HVAC system, so consider the following things when inspecting the system.
The Current Age
One thing you will want to do is look at the actual furnace and air conditioner in the home and find the manufacturing information on it. This will tell you when the units were made and can let you know how old they are. If the home has a furnace and air conditioner that are reaching the end of their estimated lifespan, you need to factor this into how much you're paying for the home. You do not want to be caught off guard with an unexpected HVAC system replacement bill soon after moving in. You could also use the age of the equipment to ask for a credit at closing that will go towards replacing them in the future.
The Current Season
Are you buying a home in the middle of winter, but the area experiences hot summers that require air conditioning? If so, know that you will not be able to test the air conditioner to make sure that it works. This is because the air conditioner cannot be operated at cold temperatures, and doing so can actually cause damage to the household appliance.
One option to compensate for the inability to test the air conditioner is to ask for a home warranty. This will cover the repair or replacement of the air conditioner if it is not working by the time you go to use it in the summer, which can give you peace of mind that you'll have working air conditioning no matter what.
Chances are that you don't know much about how an HVAC system works and what could be wrong with it. That's why it's a great idea to have a home inspection done, which will ensure that the furnace and air conditioner are tested as much as possible prior to purchasing the home. While some home inspectors can do this as part of a home inspection, it may be worth having an HVAC contractor come in and give you a more detailed inspection of this crucial part of your new home.
For more information, contact a local company that offers HVAC services, such as Allied Mechanical & Electrical, Inc.