The HVAC system in a home is one of its most expensive components. If you’re in the market for a new home, it’s important to have an HVAC inspection done before you make a final offer.
Why an HVAC Inspection Is Necessary
Neither the seller nor a typical home inspector is an expert on HVAC systems. Although the system may have operated properly for the seller and during the inspection, there may be hidden problems that only an HVAC expert can find, such as a lack of routine maintenance, a cracked heat exchanger on a furnace or mold problems in the air conditioning system. A proper HVAC inspection can help determine the expected life span of the current system, if it’s operating safely and if you can expect major repairs or replacement in the near future.
The Inspection Process
A qualified HVAC contractor will check the overall condition of both the heating and cooling system, noting any problems and recommending any necessary repairs. Here are a few specific things the contractor will check for:
- Cracked heat exchanger in the furnace or boiler
- Dirty burners
- Corroded or leaking vent pipes
- High carbon monoxide levels
- Electrical problems
- Leaking or poorly insulated ductwork
- Mold, excessive dust or signs of pest infestation in the ducts
- Poor airflow in supply or return ducts
- Dirty, clogged or missing air filter
- Poor ventilation
- Leaks in the air conditioning system
- Improper refrigerant levels
- Damaged system fans
- Dirty evaporator or condenser coils
- Overheating or damaged compressor
- Malfunctioning safety systems
Once you know what the condition of the HVAC system is, you have better leverage to revise your offer to the seller or ask that repairs are completed before closing on the home.
Check out Sullivan Oil & Propane’s heating services or call 610-365-1268 to schedule an HVAC inspection. We serve Allentown, Bath, Bethlehem, Easton and the surrounding areas.