If you’re looking into purchasing a home in Harford County, you most likely have a budget in mind. Not only do you need to consider the sale price of the home, but also the utility expenses and any maintenance or repairs that will need to be done. Since heating and cooling will account for nearly half your energy bills, it’s really important to know how much it costs to run the HVAC system each season as well as whether or not you’ll be needing to replace major components any time soon. A licensed home inspection should already be a part of your home buying process, but you should also know what HVAC system questions to ask the seller or your realtor.
Be sure to ask these questions!
How old is the system?
Knowing how long the current HVAC system has been in the home will give you a good idea of how much longer it will be able to run. Most furnaces and air conditioners will run efficiently for 12-15 years, so if they’re nearing that higher number, plan to spend the money to replace them before long. It’s also helpful to know if the home has a newer, energy efficient system, as this will cut down on your energy bills substantially and be a big plus for buying the home!
Who installed the system?
This is really important, because even if it’s a brand new air conditioner or furnace, you will not reap its benefits if it was installed by an average joe. Verify that the system was put in by a licensed HVAC specialist!
Are there any noticeable issues?
Listen closely when you turn the AC and furnace on while looking through the home. If you hear knocking or banging noises, it could be a sign of an existing problem. Also look for watermarks, gaps or rust on exposed duct work, and check for decay on the HVAC units. If you see any big signs of trouble, mention it to your realtor and try to get more info.
Has the HVAC system been regularly maintained?
Ask if the furnace and AC have been checked twice a year for preventative maintenance appointments. Also ask if the sellers will also have documentation from any service calls that have been made so you can see what kind of history it has.
Is the HVAC system under warranty?
Ask you realtor for any warranties that would transfer to you if you buy the home. Make sure you know what is and is not covered under the warranty so there are no surprises in the future.
What are the average heating and cooling costs?
Ideally, the current homeowner will have recent bills so you can see how much it costs to run the system. Ask particularly about peak seasons so you’ll know what to expect to pay in the hottest and coldest months.
If You’re Not Sure About the HVAC System, Call One Hour!
Our certified HVAC technicians would be happy to inspect your potential dream home. Just give us a call and we’ll set up a time to ease your concerns. Good luck on your home search!