It’s a seller’s market here in Columbus, Ohio, and spring is the time when a swarm of homes goes on the market. With some homes selling within 12 hours of being listed, it’s difficult to truly evaluate the finer details of the sale before you put in an offer on one you love. One of the things to be very careful with is the HVAC unit. HVAC units can be hard to inspect on your own, and expensive to replace when they are in poor condition. Here are some great ways to ensure your unit is in great shape before you sign off on the house.
Visually Inspect the Unit
If you’re considering buying a home, take the time to visually inspect the unit. When the unit is running, take a look outside at the AC box or head to the basement to check the furnace. Make sure the unit is clean and not making any strange noises once it kicks on. If it appears to be rusty or have mildew on it, be wary. If the unit sounds like it’s grinding, clicking, squealing or making other odd noises, it may need repairs.
Check the Unit for an Energy Label
Another thing you should evaluate when inspecting an HVAC unit is the energy label. Newer HVAC units will have an energy label on them that helps you determine the operating cost of the equipment, as well as the unit’s energy efficiency ratings. Many of these labels also tell you what year the unit was installed, which allows you to determine its age and potential lifespan.
Evaluate the Comfort in Each Room
Lastly, turn the unit on and allow it to circulate for about 15 minutes. Then, walk into each room and evaluate their comfort level. If possible, place your hand next to the vent to ensure the flow of air is decent. If you notice that one room is oddly warm or cool, ask the seller about maintenance and if past repairs were attempted. If one room is warmer or cooler than the others, there may be a problem with the duct work or the unit itself.
If you’ve made an offer that includes a home inspection, you can call in a professional to evaluate the HVAC unit before proceeding with the purchase. If you’ve already completed the purchase, have a full inspection done on the unit. Call us here at Buckeye Heating & Cooling. We can examine your unit and make any repairs that may be needed.