HVAC Problems Found During Home Inspections
We all know how much we rely on our HVAC systems in this hot, humid climate.
But what if something goes wrong? The last thing you want to consider when it's 100 degrees outside, and your air conditioning isn't working well is repairing or replacing parts.
With these repairs being so expensive without modernizing (and sometimes even adding), many homeowners find themselves unable financially.
And when something goes wrong, it's not a pretty sight. Considering that's not something the everyday homeowner is well-versed in, you may feel helpless when something goes haywire.
Some things go wrong with the HVAC system more often than you'd think. You can take solutions and preventative measures to avoid these costly situations. Some are more extensive than others.
Here are some common HVAC problems we at Green Scene Home Inspections have found during our routine inspections.
Dirty HVAC Filters
A common issue we see and one of the most common problems is dirty HVAC filters. This is an easy fix—replace the filter!
This may be required every few months, depending on your filter type. People who live in dusty regions of the country and people with pets may need to replace their air filters more frequently.
Older homes typically have ductwork that needs to be replaced simply due to their age. The ductwork delivers the goods when it comes to HVAC.
Suppose it's not installed correctly or develops cracks or broken connections. In that case, you can lose heated or cooled air into attics or inside walls, affecting the energy required to deliver the proper comfort to interior rooms.
Ductwork leaks can also create moisture issues in your basement or crawlspace. If you think that your ductwork needs to be replaced, call a professional to take a look. It's not a DIY job, and you want it done right the first time!
If you find that your home is never entirely comfortable, even when you have the thermostat set where you want it, there could be an issue with the thermostat itself.
It may need to be calibrated, or it could be a sign that you need a new one altogether.
Thermostats are inexpensive, so if you suspect yours isn't working correctly, it's a good idea to replace them.
Another common issue is gas line leaks. These usually signal more significant problems and should be addressed as soon as possible.
Hopefully, this gives you a broader understanding of some of the HVAC problems we find during home inspections! If you need a home inspection, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help!