4 HVAC Issues to Look Out for When Buying a Home

4 HVAC Issues to Look Out for When Buying a Home

“4 HVAC Issues to Look Out for When Buying a Home” is a guest blog from Precision Air and Plumbing.

While undeniably exciting, shopping for a new home can also be daunting. Sure, it can be interesting to go on walk-throughs and check out open floor plans and colors, but the devil is in the details. Ideally, your Buyers should focus more on expensive components like the roofing, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems. When you spot potential issues, you can either request that the Seller fix the issue or negotiate the selling price.

The idea is to not allow aesthetics and staging to distract your Buyers from the vital systems that they’ll rely on day in and day out. For many, HVAC system repair, utility, and maintenance costs are a massive component in the home-buying equation.

Undoubtedly, the importance of HVAC maintenance cannot be overstated. After all, inspecting the home’s HVAC system holds great significance in your Buyers’ pre-purchase diligence. Below are four HVAC issues you and your Buyers should look out for when helping them purchase a new home.

1. Check the HVAC system’s operational life

In listed, pre-owned homes, it’s common to find HVAC systems that are close to the end of their operational lives. If you overlook this issue, your Buyers might need to spend a good amount of money to purchase a new HVAC system. That’s why we recommend that you check the HVAC system’s purchasing and servicing record for details, if available.

It’s also a good idea to inspect the components of the system manually. Your Buyers can also invest in the help of a skilled technician to help them figure out the remaining life span of the HVAC system. Once you and your Buyers have the exact details of the system’s function span all figured out, you can negotiate your buying offer accordingly.

2. Inspect the ductwork

An HVAC system’s optimal functioning will depend largely on its ductwork. Cracked and clogged ductwork can significantly degrade the efficiency of the system’s machine components. Case in point: You can’t achieve the desired temperature, regardless of how good the furnace or the air conditioner is working, if the ductwork isn’t in good shape.

If your Buyers intend to purchase a house through an unconditional contract of sale, we strongly recommend that you find out if the ductwork requires service. This can help your Buyers transition smoothly into their new place. A seasoned firm that provides HVAC repair can easily troubleshoot duct issues and resolve possible problems.

3. Run the air conditioner

During winter, there’s a possibility that your Buyers won’t inspect the HVAC system’s condenser and evaporator units. While houses won’t need to run the cooling component of the system during the winter, your Buyers (and Sellers) should turn the air conditioner on during winter to test if it’s still working as it should.

When helping your clients find a home, make sure the HVAC’s cooling component is working properly. If the air conditioner needs an overhaul or servicing, you need to know in advance so you and your Buyers (or the Seller) can schedule a visit from HVAC professionals.

4. Don’t forget the condenser unit

One of the most overlooked parts of the HVAC system is the condenser unit. This is not surprising, as they are typically installed outside the home. Unfortunately, since the condenser unit is outside, it can face extreme weather, speeding up the wear and tear process.

So, make sure you and your Buyers check the condenser unit manually before purchasing a house. Check if the fan blades are still in shape. Make sure the vent isn’t filled and clogged with debris. Keep in mind that a condenser unit that isn’t working efficiently can’t remove heat. Eventually, this will affect the air conditioner’s cooling power.

Final thoughts

Before your Buyers sign on the dotted line, we recommend that you carry out a comprehensive examination of the entire HVAC system, including design, cleanliness, ventilation, indoor air quality, moisture concerns, structural integrity, and even size. Also, don’t hesitate to invest in the help of a trusted HVAC specialist for expert guidance and advice.

About the author

Rachel Watson is the Senior Content Editor of Precision Air & Plumbing, a full-service HVAC, plumbing, and home performance contractor operating in Chandler, Arizona. Rachel enjoys yoga and writing articles about how to make home living more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.

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