The Three Air Conditioning & Heating Questions Every Homebuyer Should Ask

Posted on May 18, 2015

questionFor most people, purchasing a home is one of the most important milestones in life. The decisions you make on whether or not to buy a specific home depend on many factors – space, location, rooms, features, appliances included, and others. When it comes to the home comfort system, it’s crucial that you become acquainted with the current condition of the air conditioning and heating system, of any home you are considering purchasing. Knowing what to look for will save you time and money. Three questions every homebuyer should ask prior to committing to any home purchase:

How old are the systems?

It’s critical that you are given information on the age of every component of a home’s cooling and heating system – the furnace, the air conditioning unit, the thermostat, and the duct work. All of the equipment is good for about 10-15 years, and units are generally expected to perform flawlessly for at least the first decade of use if properly maintained. After 10 years, however, it’s a given that you’ll be needing to Call the General for heating and cooling services more and more often, as issues are going to arise more frequently. If you discover that equipment in a home is more than a decade old, it shouldn’t rule out the purchase of the home completely, but you should realize the potential for increased costs to you for repairs and replacement.

Is there a warranty on the air conditioning and furnace?

It’s always best when you are interested in purchasing a home with an air conditioning and heating system that still has warranties intact; however, if you find a home without active warranties for its system, that alone isn’t enough to disqualify the home from the buying process. However, it’s important that you keep in mind the possible ramifications of not having this warranty. Most modern systems come with lifetime warranties, which sounds great – until you realize they are void the minute a new homeowner signs the contract. Warranties also may become invalid if the original system purchasers fail to have our experts come out annually for preventive maintenance work.

Some warranties allow transfers of owners, but others do not. It’s not uncommon for buyers to ask that an aftermarket warranty be included with the purchase of a home. As an alternative, many buyers also often will negotiate a lower purchase price and then handle any warranties and/or replacements as they become needed.

Is there current service history on the air conditioning and furnace system, provided by AC services in the Coachella Valley?

Viewing the most recent service report provided by a certified technician, will allow you to get some insight on: previous problems, past remedies and repairs, and also how long it has been since the system was last checked. It’s critical that regular repair and preventive maintenance has been done in order to keep a system operating safely and efficiently.

By asking the right questions above, making sure you do your due diligence–recovering key information from a certified technician — you’ll be able to save yourself potential future expenses and grief. Knowing exactly what you are purchasing when it comes to your home comfort system will give you a distinct advantage in making a sound home-buying decision.

For all your needs regarding air conditioning and heating, contact us today. Our technicians are proud to serve the Coachella Valley as the “Best Little Air Conditioning Company In The Desert!”

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