Congratulations, you're buying a new house. This is a major step and one of the biggest investments you'll ever make. With that in mind, you want to make sure that everything is as perfect as possible before you finalize the purchase.
As you walk through your potential new homes, you look at the walls to make sure that they don't have cracks, notice if the floors seem uneven and glance upward to see if the roof is leaking. But what about the air conditioning system? Do you notice whether the air indoors is cool and comfy? Do you ask questions about the age of the system and how it actually functions?
Before buying a new house, you need to know what you're getting into - and this includes the status of the AC. If you're home shopping, then take a look at the questions that you should ask about the air conditioner. Asking the right questions can save you time, energy and money after all of the contracts are signed and you move in.
How Old Is the AC System?
Air conditioners don't have infinite life spans, so you need to know how old yours is. When you're about to buy a house, you need to know exactly what you're getting. If you're getting an older air conditioner, then you may need to spend money right away on a new one. After factoring in all of your moving expenses, this might not be the way to go. However, if you have a budget for upgrades, then an older system might not matter to you.
Most air conditioning systems can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. This depends on a number of factors, such as how well the system was maintained and how much it was used. The exact age of the air conditioner on its own may not be enough to know whether or not you have to replace it. However, if the AC system has already been in use for more than two decades, then don't expect it to last for many more years.
When Was the Last Time the System Was Serviced?
Regular maintenance is an important factor when it comes to how much longer your air conditioner will last. A well-maintained system has working parts, is clean and is likely to be more energy-efficient than one that has worn parts or is clogged with dust and debris.
Keep in mind, the seller may not disclose how often or when the system was serviced. If they do give you dates, then you'll have a more reliable idea of how well-kept the air conditioner was.
If the air conditioner is several years old and has never been serviced or had a checkup and cleaning, then it's likely that you're looking at doing some maintenance of your own when you buy the house.
Are There Any Known Problems?
Does the seller know if the air conditioner is working properly? They may need to disclose any issues that they have knowledge of. This could include problems with the interior equipment, the outside condenser or even the ductwork.
A problem shouldn't necessarily make you turn away from the air conditioner - or the home for that matter. Some issues are fairly easy and inexpensive to fix. A newer system that needs a minor fix may not be as big a deal as you think it is. If you're unsure as to how significant the problem is, then ask if you can have your own expert come in and evaluate the AC system.
Do you need an air conditioning professional to repair or maintain your new home's system? Contact us at Action Air of Florida to schedule services.