When buying a home, it is important to remember that every HVAC system is a little different. Just because the air conditioner looks similar to the one from your first apartment doesn’t mean it is. So, before you buy the house and have an HVAC system installed, there are some important questions you need to ask the seller or a professional.
How Does This System Work?
Have the seller show you the controls of the HVAC system and some of the primary functions. You should know how the device heats or cools your home as well as the areas it affects. Some Florida homes, for example, rely on window units rather than central heating systems. This affects the way the home changes temperature, making some rooms feel colder or warmer than others.
Where Is the Power Source for the System?
Not all HVAC systems are tied to the home’s main circuit breaker. While the majority of electricity sources will be properly labeled, you should double check with the current or previous owner of the home. This could help prevent damages in the future. If the HVAC system doesn’t rely on electricity to function, such as a gas heater, make sure to ask where the gas or fuel tank is located. If the tank is readily accessible, ask how it is refilled and exactly where the gas goes in. Don’t forget to clarify if the system takes regular gasoline, diesel or another fuel type.
How Old Is this HVAC System?
While most modern HVAC systems can withstand signs of aging well, older units may require more ongoing maintenance. This is an added expense that you should be aware of before buying. It’s wise for prospective homeowners to take a note of when the system was installed and how long it has been since it was last serviced.
What Maintenance Steps Do I Need to Perform Myself?
Though most HVAC maintenance services require experienced contractors, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to troubleshoot basic issues. Air conditioners, for example, often require filter changes and cleaning on a regular basis. There are tons of tips and tricks you can learn to clean your air filters and your AC unit. Pay attention to your HVAC unit and be weary if it starts sounding funny. This might indicate it’s time for a maintenance checkup.
Call Colman Heating & Air
To learn more about professional HVAC services in Florida, please contact us today. We are experienced in everything HVAC as well as repairing pool heaters and ice machines. If you are feeling weary about a potential new home’s AC system, give us a call and we can help you troubleshoot any issues that arise.
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