Most prospective homeowners wouldn’t think of buying a home without a whole-house inspection. But when it comes to inspecting the HVAC system, the individual performing the home inspection may not have the background or expertise to properly evaluate it. Buying a home before knowing if the air conditioning system and furnace are functioning properly, could be an expensive mistake. Here’s why you should get an HVAC system inspection in addition to the whole house inspection.
Why Get an HVAC System Inspection?
Often, a home inspector will simply turn on the furnace and A/C to see if they are working. Then, the inspector will include a disclaimer in the report that he or she does not have the expertise to evaluate the system. A prospective buyer of a home assumes that the pronouncement “furnace (or A/C) functional” means the system was adequately inspected.
Not knowing about potential problems can be quite expensive. For instance, a cracked heat exchanger can be a safety hazard and can be costly to fix; and it would not necessarily be spotted by anyone other than a licensed technician. Likewise, a faulty compressor in the A/C can require replacement of the entire air conditioner.
Was the HVAC system well maintained? Did the previous owner change the filter frequently? Did the seller regulate the thermostat correctly while the house was vacant? This is particularly important for season-changes. A seller disclosure form will not inform the buyer about how the system was used, and the seller may not have to disclose this information. A licensed technician however, will have a better idea of how the equipment was used. An HVAC system inspection should also include ductwork, ventilation, A/C or furnace efficiency features, the thermostat, insulation and any humidity issues.
Goose Creek Heating and Air provides expert services, including HVAC system inspection. For more information please give us a call at 888-880-1131.
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