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Here are 5 tips to check your HVAC system before you buy a new home.

Nov 25

Here are 5 tips to check your HVAC system before you buy a new home.


A new house purchase is an exciting adventure for all. Making a decision is not easy. You want to live in an area with good schools and convenient services. It is also a neglected part of the HVAC Cleveland oh Here are some ways to inspect an HVAC system in a house before you offer it.


  • Perform a cost-benefit calculation.

You don't want to spend money on a new HVAC system after you have purchased a new house. Although it is possible to save money, many homeowners are unable to afford to pay a downpayment and quickly upgrade their critical features. It can cost thousands to buy central air conditioners or furnaces. This can be a serious financial hardship if you don't have enough money to pay the mortgage.


But there are some exceptions to the rule. Older properties might have incredible prices that you won't be disappointed by. Even if your home needs to be updated with an HVAC system, you might still be able to save some money if the price is right. Compare the property's current value to determine if the HVAC system is worth the investment.


  • Check out the HVAC system

Check the HVAC system when you tour a property. Unusual sounds such as hissing and clanging could be a sign of a problem. Inspect the HVAC equipment for any water stains, cracks, or rust.

Ask for the homeowner's HVAC maintenance records, if possible. If they keep up with their annual maintenance visits they should not have any trouble producing the paperwork.

HVAC systems more than ten years old need to be replaced. You can negotiate a discount on your home's sale price if it has an old system. You'll be able to plan a new HVAC installation much more easily once you move in.


  • Examine the ductwork

You will need to inspect the ducting throughout your home, in order to make sure it is working properly. Look for dampness or loose connections along with the ductwork. If they are excessively dusty this could be a sign that the homeowner has not been keeping up their end of the maintenance agreement. This could be a sign that your HVAC system will need to be updated after you move in.

If the homeowner has purchased indoor air quality upgrades such as an air purifier or whole-house dehumidifier, then you are in luck. To improve the ventilation in your house, you may need to spend more money on HVAC upgrades and duct cleaning.


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You should also consider the insulation of the house. You can ask the homeowner questions about the insulation and when it was put in. Insulation is subject to change over time. If insulation is not replaced regularly, there might be leaks or draughts. Draughty rooms can make it difficult to heat or cool the house in equal measures. This can lead to higher energy costs and a greater workload for the HVAC system.


  • Think about the refrigerant you're using.

R-22, a coolant banned by the Environmental Protection Agency may still be used in older HVAC units (EPA). R-22 may still be used by your home, but you might have difficulty finding a reliable source. R-22 will become illegal by 2020. To switch to a safer type of refrigerant you will need to change or replace your HVAC system.


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