Don’t sign the papers and close on a home purchase until you’ve seen the results of a complete HVAC system inspection. Without it, you may find yourself already facing one of the largest single expenses a homeowner ever makes — the replacement of a central air conditioner and/or a furnace — before you even get settled in your new residence. Protect yourself with a complete HVAC system inspection performed by a qualified, experienced heating and cooling specialist.
What Condition Is the HVAC System In?
Be aware that the basic pre-sale home inspection isn’t comprehensive enough to verify the condition of HVAC system components or associated elements like the ductwork. Most home inspectors have little or no expertise in heating and cooling technology — disclaimers in their contracts usually disclose that fact. They evaluate the overall condition of a system simply by whether or not it powers up and produces minimal cooling or heat. Marginal equipment on the verge of failure may not be noted. Basic home inspections don’t include criteria to determine whether the system is still capable of meeting the manufacturer’s specs for energy efficiency, performance, or safety, for that matter.
How Long Will the HVAC System Last?
The combined average life expectancy of a central air conditioner and furnace is about 15 years, assuming the system has received regular professional maintenance. However, even before that point, once any HVAC system is beyond a certain age, replacement of major components like the A/C compressor or the furnace heat exchanger, for example, is no longer financially viable. If these parts fail, a total system replacement will be the only recommended option.
A reputable established heating and cooling contractor who sells and services this equipment every day is your best source for a thorough HVAC system inspection and informed appraisal of its condition. Before you buy, check out Bounds Heating & Air’s HVAC system inspection services, or call 352-290-3370