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HVAC Questions When Buying or Selling a Home

July 10th, 2020 by cverdone

New Home FAQ

Making the final decision to sell or buy a new home can be exciting. However, you don’t want to do so without considering the home’s HVAC system. Here are some considerations you should take into account when dealing with the HVAC system of a home.

Understand It’s Age

An HVAC system is a big financial investment. While we wish they would last forever, that’s not the case. In fact, most HVAC units last between 10 to 15 years. It’s important to know how old the HVAC system is so that you know when it will likely need to be replaced. If a system is around 10 years old, it’s likely going to need more repairs than a newer system.

Know The System Warranty

All HVAC systems come with a mandatory warranty from the manufacturer. It’s vital that you understand how long this warranty lasts and what is covered in it. HVAC repairs can be expensive so knowing whether or not there’s still a warranty on the system is imperative to prepare yourself financially for future problems. Regardless of whether you’re buying or selling a home, it’s also important to check if that system’s warranty will transfer to the new owner. Some HVAC system warranties are only eligible for the original buyer and won’t transfer to the new homeowner.

Determine If The System Has Been Maintained

Many HVAC system warranties will only be valid if the system has been serviced annually by a certified HVAC professional. Knowing the maintenance history and having it on paper can make a big difference in what’s covered under a warranty and what isn’t. In addition, it’s very helpful to know who has been servicing the system and if it’s been properly taken care of each year. HVAC systems that receive annual maintenance tend to last much longer than systems that don’t.

Understand General Costs

Part of living in a new home is understanding what the bills are going to be ahead of time so that you can ensure you’ll be able to afford it. If you’re buying a home, ask the current owner what their heating and cooling costs are for the year. If you’re selling a home with an energy-efficient HVAC system, then tout the low cost of your heating and cooling as a selling point.

Call Us Today

A home’s HVAC system is a big selling point. If you’re not sure about your existing HVAC system or you’re looking into purchasing a new home with one, then give Thornton Heating Service a call today. Our knowledgeable technicians can evaluate the potential state of a home’s HVAC system so that you can learn of any potential problems.