Heating & Cooling System Questions Home Buyers Should Ask
Buying a home is perhaps one of the most important (and exciting/stressful) things you can do.
However, once your offer to purchase a home has been accepted, an important consideration would to determine the age and condition of the HVAC system. Why?
Here in the Valley of the Sun, Summer temperatures typically soar into the triple digits. As such, it’s essential to know that the home you’re attempting to buy has an heating and cooling system that will be able to provide you with reliable climate control of your new prospective home. That’s why you’ll undoubtedly have a home inspection performed (lenders require it).
Here are a few questions you may want to ask of the Seller
How Old is the HVAC System?
If you discover that the HVAC system is older than 10-15 years, beyond the home inspection, you may want to have a qualified AC technician take a look to ensure that it is in proper working order. Knowing how old the system is can give you a good idea when repair or replacement will be necessary. If the HVAC system is older than 15-20 years, this may be a reason to re-negotiate better terms of the sale to cover the potential replacement of the aging HVAC system.
Who Installed the HVAC System?
It can be quite helpful to know who installed the current HVAC system of the home you’re interested in purchasing. Why? You want to determine if a well-qualified and licensed HVAC contractor with a good reputation installed the HVAC system to ensure that it was properly installed. Good (or bad) reputations.
What is the Brand of HVAC System?
Like any product, there are low end, middle-range and high-end brands. It’s important to know which brand of HVAC system has been installed because certain brands may be more prone to failures and have less desirable warranty coverage.
Is the Warranty of the HVAC System Transferable?
There are a select number of HVAC systems that have a great reputation for reliability so that they offer attractive warranties that can give you peace of mind. Makes sure you find out if the warranty is transferable as some brands do offer transferable warranties.