What is an HVAC system?
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC) can be overlooked during a home inspection because your home inspector may be reluctant to run them in extreme weather or may be pressed for time. Home inspectors typically have disclaimers in their reports to clear them of any liability regarding your HVAC systems. This means that they are not obliged to perform a thorough evaluation of your HVAC units. So even if your home inspection report may not list issues associated with the HVAC system, there are still problems that are commonly overlooked and that you should be aware of.
Its Threshold for Extreme Stress
Your HVAC system may work perfectly fine on inspection day but can easily fail if it is under extreme stress. Maybe you are moving in during the summer or maybe there is a rare winter freeze. In these extreme changes in temperature, you will be see how well your HVAC system can endure these moments. If your system fails, these surprising moments can result in costly and stressful emergency repairs. Though situations like these are tricky, it may be worth it to ask a HVAC specialist to examine your units if you already have concerns.
Cracks in the Heat Exchanger Unit
If your home has a heat exchanger unit that is 10 years old or older, it is probably time to have it inspected by a specialist. A cracked or malfunctioning heat exchanger can lead combustion byproducts – like carbon monoxide – to mix with the air inside your home. If your carbon monoxide monitor is faulty or has not been checked, then the consequences of a cracked heat exchanger unit can be deadly. Though it can pose serious health complications, your home inspector will not be able to clearly identify this problem unless they have the right equipment. If you have the chance, contact your home inspector to double check if they can adequately evaluate your system for leaks.
Massive, Undetected Leaks
If your home inspector is unable to check for leaks, it is always a good idea to seek the help of a HVAC specialist. Massive leaks can go unnoticed up until you close on a home or are already moved in. Some leaks are more difficult to detect and may require that you tear up your property to locate it. Avoid costly damage to your future property and be proactive about running pressure checks on your HVAC system before you close.
Trust the Experts at Austin Summit Group
If you are thinking about buying a home in Austin or the surrounding areas, lean on the experienced agents at Austin Summit Group to connect you with reliable home inspectors and HVAC specialists. Our team and network of experienced professionals can give you the guidance and service you need during your home-buying process. Call our office at (512) 250-0253 to learn more.