Need Help With Your HVAC? These Home Inspectors Have Answers
Today it has been two weeks since the fan and fan motor of our air conditioner decided to give up the ghost and stop all operation. The high that day was a very muggy 90 degrees.
Our first call was to the HVAC company that performs annual maintenance on our air conditioner and furnace. It would take at least three days – five at most – to get the parts we needed for the repair, and that’s throwing it away to speed it up.
Now, I’ve had the same unit I had 14 years ago when I bought my house, but can you imagine buying a home in this market and forgoing your inspection to find your HVAC in better condition to limp then to run?
To bring that point home, here’s some advice from the great folks at Green Scene Home Inspections on how to avoid disasters, as well as some common problems and solutions. Check out these columns on closer inspection
HVAC problems are a common problem
As a homeowner or real estate agent who works with homeowners, it’s good to be aware of common home problems so that you can take care of your home while you own it and look for potential problems when you buy a new home.
In North Texas, the HVAC is a huge one. Our bad HVAC systems get a workout, especially on those “winter days” when we go from heating to air conditioning in the morning and back to heat at night. You want to look at the age and wear of an HVAC system. The average lifespan is 15-20 years. So you want to know how old the system is and how well it has been maintained, so that you can adjust your plans accordingly.
Don’t skip summer maintenance
It is recommended that you have your air conditioner serviced at least once a year to make sure you have enough coolant, the mechanisms are clean and working properly, and the vents and ducts are set up correctly. It is better to pay for the maintenance of your AC equipment than to pay for repair or replacement.
When the seasons shift, problems arise
Inspections reveal many seasonal repair and maintenance issues in homes. So whether you’re a homebuyer or a homeowner, here are some summer-related issues to watch out for.
Our mild spring made it easy for our HVAC this year. It is very important to have your system maintained regularly to avoid major problems.
Daily tasks to keep your HVAC healthy
How often do you clean your registries? Be honest.
Your air conditioner is getting a workout this summer, so it needs some extra love. Add to that the increased tendency for condensation around vents due to the extreme temperature difference between the inside and outside, and you have a breeding ground for mold. Oh dear.
Of course, that’s not all you need to do to keep your air conditioner cold.