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HVAC Questions For Buying Or Selling A Home

May 15th, 2017 by Darwilladmin

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A home’s HVAC system keeps your family comfortable in every way. When it comes to home sales, the HVAC system is also a big buying or selling point. If you plan to buy or sell a home with an HVAC system, ask yourself these questions before you make the decision.

How Old is the HVAC System?

The HVAC’s age matters a lot. An HVAC unit is only good for 10 to 15 years. It becomes less efficient as it gets older. Nobody wants to buy a home that is half a century old. Plus, most HVAC units that are older might need a few repairs.
Many air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, and boilers can work more than 15 years. This is especially true if they are well maintained. With modern energy regulations and advances in technology, new equipment is more energy-efficient. Plus, they are more cost-efficient than older models.

Is There a Warranty?

Another thing to consider is if there is an HVAC warranty. What is the existing warranty on the HVAC system? Is there an existing warranty for the system? Warranties are important. If there is a problem, some parts of the system are still covered by the warranty.
Warranties are only valid if the system is often serviced by a certified HVAC contractor. Many modern HVAC systems come with lifetime warranties. These become void when a new homeowner signs the contract. Others include an end date in the event that you sell the home. You must include an aftermarket warranty in your buying or selling.

What is the Maintenance Standing of the System?

Heating and cooling units need frequent maintenance to work. Ask about past maintenance and repairs. This is necessary if either you or your buyer shows interest in the house. Don’t settle for a general home inspector’s word that it is an updated system.
General inspections cover a lot. When it comes to HVAC system, they’re often more than a spot check. Ask for the most recent HVAC system inspection. It lets you learn about any pre-existing problems. It may also give you insight into how they handled past problems. The date of the last inspection is also critical information.

How Will You Sell Your Home?

Before you put your home on the market, schedule HVAC maintenance and cleaning. This is essential as it will let you know the exact condition of your home’s HVAC system. An inefficient HVAC system will be the difference between a home that is ready and one that needs work. You won’t want to disappoint your buyers by making them upgrade or maintain the system.
These HVAC questions will help you make a smart decision in selling your home or buying a new house. For more tips on your HVAC system, 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.