Check the Air Conditioner Before Buying a Home
It’s common practice to get an inspection done before you buy a new home, but one thing that can get overlooked are the heating and cooling systems. Most home inspectors only check to see if the system turns on and off, but it’s imperative to have a certified technician check the air conditioner and the accompanied HVAC system to avoid potentially costly repairs, or worse, replacement.
A licensed technician can check the air conditioning unit to see if it is properly sized for the home, is installed level, and that the connections are intact and up to code. The inspection will also give you an idea of how well the unit has been maintained and its potential life expectancy. Even if the AC is in working order, a professional inspection can allow you to plan financially for when the unit has to be replaced.
Many people forget that there is more to a properly functioning HVAC system than what they can see on the outside of a home. Behind the walls lies the framework of the cooling system, the ducts. A certified technician will inspect the ductwork for blockages, air leaks, and proper insulation. Damaged or improperly installed ductwork can drastically reduce efficiency and unnecessarily increase your monthly bills. This portion of the inspection requires special equipment and knowledge, which is why it’s important to have a professional check your air conditioner for you.
Mold and other harmful contaminants can lurk within the cooling system and go unnoticed during a standard home inspection. Mold can be hard to detect initially but it can spread quickly and become difficult to remove. Aside from the costly removal, mold can cause serious health problems if it enters the household air. Certified technicians know where to look for signs of mold when they check the air conditioner during an inspection, and can often identify a potential mold problem before it escalates.
Buying a new home should be an exciting experience. Don’t get caught off guard,
contact HAMCO Heating & Cooling to book an HVAC inspection.
HAMCO has been providing customers with the highest quality of service and equipment since 1946. With over 70 years of collective knowledge and expertise, you can depend on us for all your heating and air conditioning needs.