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HVAC Questions For Buying Or Selling A Home

May 15th, 2017 by

A home’s HVAC system is responsible for keeping your family comfortable in every way. When it comes to home sales, the HVAC system also stands out in the buying or selling point. If you plan to purchase or sell a home with an HVAC system, below are the following questions you should ask yourself before you make the decision.

 

How old is the HVAC System?

The HVAC’s age matters a lot. Usually, an HVAC unit is only good for 10 to 15 years. Its efficiency reduces as it ages. Nobody would want to purchase a home which is half a century old. In addition to that, expect that most HVAC units that are almost a decade old might need a few repairs.

Many air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, and boilers can work well longer than 15 years, especially if they are well maintained. However, with modern energy regulations and advances in technology, new equipment is more energy-efficient and cost-efficient than older models.

 

Is There a Warranty?

Another thing to consider is the existence of the HVAC warranty. What is the standing warranty situation of the HVAC? Is there an existing warranty for the system? Warranties are extremely important because in case a problem occurs, some parts or components of the system are still covered by the warranty.

Warranties only remain valid if the system is serviced by a certified HVAC contractor. Many modern HVAC systems come with lifetime warranties that become void the moment a new homeowner signs the contract. Others include an expiration date in the event that the home is sold. Request for providing an aftermarket warranty must be included in your purchase or sales.

 

What is the Maintenance Standing of the System?

Heating and cooling facilities need sustenance to operate properly. Asking about past maintenance and repairs or informing the buyers regarding it is necessary, especially if either you or your buyer shows interest in the house. Don’t settle for a general home inspector’s word that the system is updated.

General inspections cover a lot of ground, but when it comes to HVAC, they’re frequently little more than a spot check. Asking for the most recent HVAC system inspection lets you learn about any pre-existing problems, and it may give you insight into how past problems were handled. The date of the last inspection is also critical information.

 

How Will You Efficiently Sell Your Home?

Before you think of putting up your home on sale, schedule a full maintenance inspection and cleaning  for your HVAC system. This is essential as it will let you know the exact condition of your home’s HVAC system. A fully renovated home with an inefficient HVAC system will be the difference between a home that is ready to move into, and one that needs work. You won’t want to disappoint your buyers by providing them the hassle of upgrading or maintaining the system.
Keeping these questions in mind will help you make a smart decision in selling your home or buying a new house. For more smart guidelines and tips on HVAC, visit Thornton Heating Service or give us a call at 847-905-1608. We’ll always be glad to assist you in any way we can.