Every homebuyer knows the importance of a home inspection for alerting you to any existing or potential problems with the home you are purchasing. But did you know that you should also have a separate inspection of the home’s heating, air conditioning and ventilation system? The average home inspection will not include a thorough HVAC inspection. Basically, a home inspector will turn on the furnace and air conditioner to make sure they come on, and that's about it. This is not sufficient to ensure you get a detailed picture of the overall condition of the home's HVAC system.
When it comes to home inspections, problems with HVAC systems are often missed during a typical home inspection. While the furnace and air conditioner may appear to be in good working order, there could be underlying problems that only a professional HVAC inspector could catch during a thorough inspection. The last thing you need is the unexpected surprise of having a major repair issue in your newly purchased home.
In comparison, the cost of an HVAC inspection is much less expensive than replacing or having to have major repairs made to a furnace or air conditioner. Having your own separate HVAC inspection is a wise investment that can save you money and prevent you from possibly purchasing a home with heating and cooling problems. Should a problem be found, you would have the foresight and opportunity to negotiate a remedy with the sellers prior to closing.