It’s a seller’s market here in Columbus, and this is the time of the year when you see a lot of homes go on the market. With some homes selling within 12 hours of being listed, it’s hard to truly evaluate the finer details of the sale before you put in that offer. One of the things that you really have to be careful with is the HVAC unit. Here are a few of the ways to make sure your unit is in great shape before you sign off on the house.
Perform a Visual Inspection
One of the best ways to assess an HVAC unit is to visually inspect it. As you look at the unit, look for signs of rust, water leaks or dents. Then turn the unit on. Be sure to listen to any heating and cooling units, including an air conditioner, furnace or HVAC unit. The unit should make a humming noise when turned on. If you hear any squealing, banging or grinding noises as the unit turns on or operates, something is wrong and needs to be looked at further before you purchase the home.
Check for an Energy Label
As you look at the HVAC unit, look around the unit for an energy label. Most newer models have a huge sticker on them that will tell you the energy rating of the unit. Ultimately, this sticker will tell you approximately how much it will cost to operate your unit in both the summer and winter months based on the rating. If the sticker is removed or too faded to read, try to do an internet search for the year, make and model of the unit installed to obtain this information.
Evaluate the Comfort Level in Each Room
Lastly, when the unit is running, assess the comfort level in each room. Every room should feel about the same when the unit is running. However, if the unit is not cooling or heating properly, one room may seem noticeably warmer or cooler. If this is the case, be sure to ask the seller about maintenance and any past repairs. Also be sure to have the unit inspected further, as this is also a sign that the HVAC unit is nearing the end of its lifespan.
While performing a visual inspection, checking for an energy level and evaluating the comfort level in each room will give you a general idea as to how well the HVAC unit is running, they cannot tell you everything you need to know about the unit. Before you buy a home, let a professional perform a full evaluation and inspection of the HVAC unit and system. Are you looking to schedule a full inspection? Call us at Buckeye Heating & Cooling today!