A Clean HVAC Can Save You Money
Although the hotter weather is fading here in Texas, it’s still a good idea to service your HVAC system, especially if you’re considering selling your home. Because our HVAC systems work overtime in the hot summers in San Antonio, regular maintenance of your air conditioner unit is always important, but as the weather cools, many forget this important home system, even though that same system provides heat through the winter months. Changing filters, checking for clogs and drainage issues, and (probably one of the most important things) cleaning the coils on a regular basis can actually save you money in the long run. When selling your home, a buyer will hire a licensed inspector to check the major systems of your home, and time and time again, we see the same thing – filters that haven’t been changed in forever and coils that are covered with dust. These items decrease the efficiency of your HVAC system and can cause larger problems in the long run.
Keeping a regular system of maintenance on your HVAC system (and keeping records, including invoices) will help head off any problems with the home inspection. Like many overlooked items in a home, when a potential buyer sees these items have not been maintained and serviced, they immediately let their minds wander and think, “what else has the seller neglected in the home?” Don’t let the buyer even have a chance to think this way! Having the records of regular maintenance and servicing of your HVAC system can also help explain away any questions brought up by the inspection report.
More often than not, we see repair amendments during the option period that mention cleaning the coils on a HVAC system – it’s almost a automatic item on repair amendments that agents put in there because they know how important it is. Not only does it give their clients peace of mind, but if there is a home warranty involved in the sale, it will help keep the home warranty company from claiming it as a pre-existed condition that they might refuse to cover when the HVAC system fails. If there is any mention of dirty coils or other maintenance issues of the HVAC system, this can be used against the buyer by the home warranty company, so get them cleaned before the buyer even does their inspection and avoid the hassle later.
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