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Buying a Home with an Older HVAC System? Be Sure to Ask These 4 Questions

Nov 2, 2020

There’s a lot to consider when purchasing a new home. Is the roof in decent shape? How about the foundation? Will you need to do any home renovations? In the midst of all these questions, it can be easy to gloss over the HVAC system. Don’t make that mistake! Be sure to ask these four questions to avoid any costly surprises down the road.

How Old is the HVAC System?

This is one of the first questions you should ask. While HVAC systems can certainly last well over a decade, you shouldn’t be surprised if a system requires repair or replacement parts at that point. Of course, buying a home with an older HVAC system is not at all a bad idea. The key is to consider leaving a little extra cash in the budget to address any potential wear and tear.

How Are the Energy Ratings?

In general, older HVAC systems are less energy efficient than newer alternatives. As such, be sure to find out the energy efficiency ratings of each HVAC system throughout your homebuying process. Ultimately, the lower the energy efficiency rating, the higher your monthly energy bill will be.

How Does the Warranty Work?

There are several types of HVAC warranties out there. It’s possible that the current warranty will dissolve the moment a second owner purchases the home. This is a possibility you’ll want to be aware of as you move through the homebuying process. If you are concerned about losing the warranty, you can even request the inclusion of an aftermarket warranty for the HVAC system as part of the purchase of the home.

Could I View Previous Maintenance Records

If the home you are considering has an older HVAC system, feel free to ask to view previous service records. The key here is to make sure the previous owner stayed on track with routine maintenance to avoid any unexpected failures after you own the home. You’ll also want to inquire about any suspiciously large repairs. The last thing you want in your new home is an HVAC system that is only hanging on by a thread.

Rely on Will Air for Your HVAC System Maintenance and Repair

Will Air is proud to be a customer-centered residential and light commercial heating and cooling company serving the greater Central Maryland area. With over 30 years of experience, we are dedicated to offering the highest quality services at competitive rates. From preventative maintenance to residential HVAC repair, we are here to help you however we can. To get in touch, call us today at (410) 549-9300 or request an estimate.


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