No one likes finding of their dream home and then having that dream shattered when they realize the furnace is 35 years old, has had no maintenance, and is going to cost thousands to replace.
Unfortunately, it does happen. Not knowing the current condition of an HVAC system during the home buying process could cost you a lot of time and money.
All too often, home buyers think of these investments last, since replacing a furnace, boiler, or AC system isn’t the most glamorous renovation to make on a new home. But, if issues arise during the home inspection process, buyers and sellers alike may see the negotiation process grind to a halt.
Home buyers need to be aware of what they’re getting when purchasing a new home, and this includes the condition of their HVAC systems. After all, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are usually the most expensive appliance in a home, by far.
You don’t just want the seller to replace a home comfort system without your input because they may choose the cheapest system they can, and it may not meet your needs. After all, they want to make maximize profits from the sale and may cut corners.
Things You Need to Know
The 7 Signs Of Heating And Cooling System Failure listed below are some of the most common reasons why homeowners consider replacing a system:
- Rust & Metal Fatigue
- Too Noisy
- Rebates & Incentives
- Rooms that are Too Hot or Too Cold
- Humidity Issues
- Old Refrigerant
If these issues arise when your inspector is looking at your home heating and cooling systems, you should take them seriously and get a pro. The sellers may be the nicest people in the world, but they’re looking to move onto their next chapter and probably won’t understand your needs.
They may not invest their time into finding a reputable company with great reviews and a history of quality work to replace an HVAC system they’ll never use. All too often, they’ll install the bare minimum, which can lead to under or oversized systems that don’t deliver the comfort you deserve, systems that can’t keep up with demand, or rooms that are too hot or too cold, just to name a few.
New Hampshire weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important that your HVAC system can provide the comfort you deserve, no matter the season.
There is nothing wrong in saying to the seller, “We want to work with you on getting a quality system in the home. If you are open to us finding a local expert in the area, we would feel comfortable moving forward in the buying process.”
This expert information may provide you with a negotiating tool while helping to guarantee that the HVAC system will meet your needs.
It’s often in the best interests of the sellers to work with interested home buyers since the same concerns may arise with the next home buyers in line.
As a potential new homeowner, it’s prudent is to hire a licensed HVAC contractor to take a look at the HVAC system to determine its condition. A comprehensive examination of the entire system can be performed to ensure it’s working correctly. If not, a reliable contractor will provide solutions ranging from repair to upgrades to replacements.
The more you know about your system, the more prepared you’ll be, so start by knowing the:
- Brand of the Equipment
- Fuel Type
- Size of the Equipment
- AFUE, SEER, etc.
- Equipment Features
- Installation Compatibility & Requirements
Do you have any questions about your home heating and cooling systems? Unsure where to start?
Give us a call or contact us today to speak with one of our experts. We’ll be happy to help you out!