If you’re a first-time home buyer in the East Bay community, there are some things you want to keep in mind before you jump in and sign on the dotted line. Unfortunately, there are often some ‘hidden’ problems potential homeowners don’t see on the surface, such as a leaky roof or plumbing issues. The same is true of the heating & cooling system in a home you’re unfamiliar with. To ensure you don’t run into any unpleasant (or costly) surprises in regards to the HVAC system in a home you are considering, keep these HVAC tips in mind.
First, what type of heating/cooling system is in the home? Does it have central heat and air, a heat pump, or a window/wall air conditioner? Is the air conditioner electric, and the heat gas? Knowing all of these factors is important. You’ll also want to know whether there are any add-on systems such as humidity control or a whole-house purification system.
How old is the system? The age of an HVAC system has a huge impact on how well it performs, and how much longer it’s likely to last. Central A/C systems and heat pumps generally last for 10 or 15 years, while a boiler or gas furnace has a bit longer of a lifespan at 15 or 20 years. The older a system is, the more likely it will need costly repairs or even replacement. Keep this in mind, so you’ll know whether to budget for these costs soon after moving into your new home.
Do the current homeowners have a maintenance history on the heating/cooling equipment? While many homeowners don’t keep up with how often/what type of maintenance or repair work is performed, many do. If they can provide you with documentation of having the HVAC system maintained every spring and fall, you can rest at ease knowing it will run as efficiently as possible and provide a comfortable home.
Check for even air pressure in supply vents. While checking out the home, switch on the heat or air and go from room to room to see if the air pressure coming from each supply vent is strong. When you come across a vent that seems to have weak airflow, it could indicate problems with the ductwork – or an HVAC system that’s incorrectly sized. You may want the homeowner to pay for repairs if problems exist, or reduce the asking price if you pay for the repairs yourself.
As trusted San Francisco heating and cooling professionals, we know the frustration new homeowners can face when a problem they didn’t know existed suddenly crops up. When you need a new HVAC system installed, repairs made, or a fall maintenance check, count on the pros at Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning!