Why You Should Inspect the HVAC System Before Buying a New Home


Buying a home can be a very exciting experience. It makes way for a whole new life. Most people know to have any potential homes inspected before committing to anything. Unfortunately, the HVAC system is properly inspected by a professional. Here’s why you should always have a qualified technician inspect the HVAC system before buying a new home:

Your HVAC system makes up nearly 50% of your energy bill

Energy Star reports that almost half of the energy you use goes towards heating and cooling. With your HVAC system having such a heavy impact, wouldn’t you like to know how efficient it is?

Ensuring that the home’s HVAC system is in good condition will allow you to maintain reasonable utility costs, keeping more money in your pocket.

50% of Home Warranty Claims are for HVAC Systems

Home Warranty reports that half of the claims they pay are for HVAC systems, yet these two systems rarely get inspected during a home inspection.

Most homebuyers assume that the inspector takes a look at the HVAC system; however, that’s rarely the case. The term “inspect” is used loosely with this system, as it could mean he/she simply turned on the furnace or air conditioner to see that it worked. But an HVAC system inspection includes so much more than that. Even if these systems turn on, they could still have underlying problems.

When you receive your inspection report, look closely. You will often see a disclaimer stating the home inspector is not an HVAC expert and that you should have a certified professional take a look at it. Sadly, more than half of all HVAC systems installed do not live up to the manufacturer’s efficiency ratings. This is mostly due to improper installation.

You can expect a system that has been poorly maintained to function at a very inefficient rate. Between forgoing regular maintenance and not changing the air filters every 1-3 months, your potentially “new” HVAC system is in need of some serious TLC, which you might not have accounted for previously.

At Service Legends, we are thorough with every HVAC inspection, testing to see that all the various parts and components work correctly. We’ll make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into. It’s not just the HVAC system that needs inspecting – the inspector should also be checking your entire duct system, refrigerant lines, thermostats, air filtration, and more.

HVAC systems are the most expensive appliances you own

Out of all the appliances in your home, your heating and air conditioning systems hold the title for most expensive. As you already know, buying a home is quite an investment; and it will always be one of your most valuable assets. With buying a home comes various other costs that you might not have considered, such as your HVAC system.

A new furnace or air conditioner can cost thousands of dollars, an expense that you didn’t originally plan for. So with that being said, it’s best to have these systems inspected so that you know what you’re getting yourself into. Avoid the headaches and unknown expenses by getting the HVAC system inspected ahead of time.

Heating and Cooling Des Moines Since 1997

At Service Legends, we take pride in heating and cooling Des Moines and the surrounding areas. Our HVAC services include furnace and air conditioner installation, repairs, maintenance, and tune-ups. Our lineup of Indoor Air Quality solutions includes whole-home humidifiers, air purifiers, and air filtration systems. We can even help with HVAC financing.

Call 515-657-6634 to contact our Home Comfort Heroes today. We’re standing by 24/7.

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