The Unfiltered Blog

May 21, 2019

Why You Need an HVAC Inspection Before Buying a New Home

By Jason Gassmann, President
Spring is a popular time to buy a home. Homebuyers are hoping to find their dream home — perfect location, updated finishes, maybe even a white picket fence. One thing that doesn’t typically make the top of the list — but should — is an updated heating and air conditioning system.
 
A home inspection is pretty standard before signing on the dotted line. Some problems are obvious, such as missing roof shingles or water damage, but it takes a specially trained eye to catch and diagnose issues with the HVAC system. 
 
 
Nothing can rain on a new homeowner’s parade like having an HVAC problem shortly after purchasing their house that requires a costly repair or system replacement. A professional HVAC inspection costs less than $100 and will help homebuyers make an informed buying — or negotiating — decision. 
 
What a professional HVAC inspection Includes
 
When a homeowner or buyer schedules an HVAC inspection with one of our technicians, there are a couple of key things we make sure to check. First, we check the gas line and exhaust. 
 
Then we run and test the HVAC system to make sure it’s still meeting the manufacturer’s specifications. We also inspect the heat exchanger, one of the most vital parts of a heating and cooling system. The heat exchanger is an expensive part to repair and replace, so it’s important to make sure it’s working properly. 
 
We will also conduct an overall inspection of the system to determine if there has been a lot of service performed. Our service technicians can tell if an HVAC system has been a “problem child” by the number of new parts that have been installed.
 
Investing in a professional HVAC inspection is beneficial for both the homebuyer and the seller. If you are buying or selling a home and are interested in having an HVAC inspection performed, contact us online or by calling 515-244-8911.