AC & Heater Repair in San Antonio

First-Time Homebuyers | 4 Things You Need to Know About Your HVAC System

If you’re thinking about buying your first home, you may be concerned about hidden expenses – HVAC equipment being one of them. First-time homebuyers aren’t used to the dealing with heating and AC issues, so it’s important to put it at the top of your checklist when looking for the perfect first home.

Here’s a few things you should pay close attention to:

The Units. Perform a spot-inspection of the heating and AC units in your potential home. Rust, water marks, loud sounds, or other signs of decay are an indication that the systems may be too old. It may be possible to negotiate the selling price if the HVAC system is as old as 10 years.

Ducts. You don’t have to be a HVAC technician to recognize inefficient ductwork. Pay close attention to visible ducts in the basement or attic – a “Ductopus” is a sign that the home’s ductwork may be leaky, old, or sized improperly. Loose connections are a big no-no. Issues like these means your HVAC unit has to work harder than it needs to, costing you more money in the long run.

Insulation. Insulation is an important part of keeping your indoor and outdoors comfortable. Ask your realtor about the home’s insulation and be aware of the changing temperatures in different rooms. Feel any drafts? This may be a clear sign of poor insulation in the room. It’s one thing to insulate your attic, it’s another thing to insulate the entire house!

Air Leaks. The cost of repairing air leaks can add up to be hundreds of dollars over the years. If you think you’ve found your new home, inspect the sealing around all doors and windows to ensure they are tightly sealed. Try this tip: “Light a stick of incense and pass it over any window seals or duct connections. If the smoke stays steady, you’re good to go. If it starts moving, you’ve got an air leak you will need to seal so your system runs more efficiently.”

Are you way past the homebuying stage or need help detecting potential HVAC troubles in your future home? Turn to Schmidt Mechanical – your neighborhood AC guy. For maintenance tips and emergency repairs, give us a call at (210) 361-7002. Visit our website for more information.