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Air Conditioning & Heating New Home Inspection
Are you a new homeowner, or looking to purchase a home in Montgomery County? As your central ac & heating equipment is one of the most important features for the comfort of your home, we recommend completing a new home owner inspection by a licensed contractor before you finalize the purchase.
Benefits of a Home Comfort Inspection
What's Included In Our Home Comfort Inspection?
Every Potential Homebuyer Needs to Request a New Home Inspection
People get excited when the time comes to move into a new home. However, this life event often comes with stress. They worry something will go wrong in the new home and they will have a major repair bill. The potential homebuyer needs a thorough new home inspection to prevent this from happening.
Although many home inspectors are thorough in their inspection, they are not trained to specifically analyze the components of the HVAC system for proper operation. For this reason, a homebuyer should always have an HVAC inspection before finalizing the purchase of a new residence.
What is an HVAC Inspection?
A certified HVAC technician carries out a home HVAC inspection. During this visit, they do a comprehensive evaluation of each working component of the system and the system as a whole. They look at the age of the system, the cleanliness of the components, and the function and condition of each component. They also check the safety mechanisms to ensure each mechanism works as intended.
The Benefits of an HVAC Inspection
An HVAC inspection helps to prevent costly repair bills soon after the new owner moves in. The potential buyer can use information gathered during the inspection during negotiations and put in an offer for a lower price. They may also ask the seller to install a new system or pay for repairs to the existing one.
What Does the Technician Look for During This Inspection?
The technician begins the inspection by checking the thermostat to see if it works properly. They then move on to the structure and connections of the HVAC cabinet. Our HVAC technician examines the electrical connections and tests safety features.
The contractor checks the fans within the system for proper operation, and the technician tests the furnace ignitor as part of a furnace inspection. During the inspection, they look for cracks or holes in the flue pipe and heat exchangers, as any crack or hole may leak carbon monoxide.
The AC evaporator coil undergoes an inspection for dirt and mold prior to the HVAC contractor checking the drain pan for leaks and mold. They inspect the AC condensation line for water leaks and clogs or loose connections as part of this AC inspection. The technician then moves to the outdoor unit.
The technician inspects the outdoor AC condenser and blower fan and they check refrigerant levels. They don’t overlook the AC wiring and electrical components during this process, either. The technician may also complete additional steps during the HVAC system inspection, such as a ductwork inspection.
Common Problems Discovered During HVAC Inspections
When completing a new home HVAC inspection, the technician may find one or more problems. This includes leaks in the gas lines, a cracked heat exchanger, or exhaust venting problems. A malfunctioning blower motor puts strain on the motor and can lead to the failure of the HVAC system. Clogged condensate drain lines are another issue they frequently encounter.
Faulty wiring is often found during a thorough HVAC inspection, or the technician may discover the system has too much or too little refrigerant while completing the AC inspection. During the ductwork inspection, the technician might find cracked or leaky ductwork. In addition, they look for dirty or clogged filters, which can lead to problems with the system. They will also identify a dirty or clogged evaporator coil.
The main reason many potential buyers request an HVAC inspection is they wish to know if they will need to replace the system in the coming months. The technician can help them make this determination before the home is purchased. The cost of the AC or furnace inspection is negligible when compared to the cost of replacing the HVAC system.
Learning the Results
Upon completion of the HVAC system inspection, the technician provides the potential homebuyer with a report detailing what was found. This document shares detailed information about the status of each item assessed during the visit. In addition, it contains information on future maintenance and service of the system and the individual components.
Never rely solely on what is found during a new home inspection. Request a separate HVAC system inspection to ensure all problems are detected before purchasing the home.