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AC Checklist for New Homeowners

Published June 15, 2022

By Quality Contracting Electrical & HVAC


AC Checklist for New Homeowners

Buying a new home is an exciting, yet stressful process for homeowners. Whether you are building a home or purchasing an existing home, your air conditioning system is an important part. Along with many other home appliances, being knowledgeable and familiar with your whole house HVAC system is helpful for the future. In this blog, we have created an AC checklist for new homeowners to refer to regarding their air conditioning unit.

🗹 Learn Your HVAC System.

As we have stated, it is important to be familiar with your HVAC system. There are a few questions to ask before sealing the deal. If you have already purchased a home without asking these questions and are unable to find out this information, your Quality Contracting technician can evaluate and help answer some of the questions below.

  1. What type of system does the home have? Understanding the type of HVAC system your home has will help determine the type of maintenance needed.
  2. What is the power source? Depending on the power source, there may be additional costs and maintenance upkeep. Knowing the power source is also beneficial to estimate and monitor utility costs.
  3. How old is the system? This is a very important question regarding the efficiency of your unit. Units 10 years or older are more likely to experience breakdowns and frequent repairs. Knowing the age of the unit can help you prepare for when the unit will need to be replaced entirely.
  4. What is the maintenance history of the system? Regular maintenance helps preserve the life of your HVAC system. The history can help determine when to service your system next and if it has an updated service history.
  5. What are the average heating and cooling costs each month? Not only does knowing the average heating and cooling costs help plan for expenses each month, but also beneficial to monitor if costs remain the same. A rise in utility costs can indicate a broken part or less efficiency, which is an important detail to pay attention to.
  6. Is there a warranty still in place? Determine if there is a warranty for your HVAC system and what the warranty covers.
  7. How efficient is the system? Asking this question will help determine how well the system actually works.

🗹 Check Your Air Filters.

Maintaining clean air filters is imperative for efficiency, air quality, comfort, and overall health of your unit. Your air filter may be a different size than your previous home, so be sure to check the sizing before purchasing new filters.

🗹 Clean Up The Outdoor Unit.

Start fresh with a clean air conditioner by cleaning up the surrounding area. Debris may be stuck from the previous owners and interfering with the system’s efficiency. Make sure the unit is free of leaves, grass clippings, branches, and other debris as you move into your new home.

🗹 Inspect Duct Work.

If you move into a home with ducts, examine them for air leaks and cleanliness. Air leaks can raise your utility bill and settled dust and allergens can harm your air quality. We recommend calling a professional to inspect your duct work.

🗹 Open The Air Vents.

Make sure all the air vents in your new home are open and clear. Contrary to popular belief, closing air vents does not save on energy costs and can actually harm your system. Closed air vents can increase the workload of your system and cause air leaks to form.

🗹 Seal Air Leaks.

Air can escape through your windows and doors and cause your system to work harder and your energy bills to rise. As you move into your new home, add caulking and weather stripping to your home improvement list. This will benefit your system and savings in the long run for both summer and winter months.

🗹 Check The Drain Line.

Your drain line removes excess moisture from your home and can sometimes get clogged. Clogged drain lines can result in mold, mildew, and flooding. You can locate your drain line outside near your outdoor unit, and it is likely a white PVC or copper pipe. You will be able to see visible debris, but for deeper clogs call your Quality Contracting technician.

🗹 Choose A Trusted HVAC Company.

It is important to choose an honest and professional HVAC contractor who will get the job done quickly and efficiently. Many companies have Google reviews homeowners can refer to for real customer opinions and experiences. Here at Quality Contracting, we have been providing quality service to homeowners since 2011. Our website details everything you need to know about the timely, accurate repairs we provide. Visit our website to meet our team, view our services, and read our reviews.

The HVAC system is an important component of purchasing a home. Be sure to mark off items on this checklist to ensure your HVAC unit is the last of your new homeowner worries. If you remain or are new in the Chesapeake area, we hope you choose Quality Contracting for air conditioning repairs, maintenance and installation in the future.

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