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Must-Ask Plumbing & HVAC Questions Before Purchasing a House

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When purchasing a home, we tend to get caught up in the aesthetics of the space and forget about the not-so-glamorous but essential features of the house. While the luxury kitchen, master bedroom, and backyard patio might be the ultimate selling points, asking questions about the internal workings of the home is just as essential to make sure you’re comfortable in your new home.

Here are some must-ask plumbing and HVAC questions you’ll want answers to before you make your final decision.

HVAC Questions

How Old is the HVAC System?

The average HVAC system has a lifespan of about 15 years, provided it’s been properly maintained. Do yourself a favor and make sure your potential new home has a properly functioning central heating and cooling system, so no expensive surprises come your way.

Does the HVAC System Work?

While this might seem like a silly question, don’t be afraid to ask your realtor if you can turn on the unit and test it out for a bit. It’s always a good idea to double-check for any strange noises or odd smells coming from the system.

When Was the Unit Last Serviced?

To ensure the unit is being properly maintained, ask for documentation that shows the last time the HVAC system was serviced. Again, you don’t want to run into any surprises or find out the unit hasn’t been serviced once you sign on your new living space.

What are the Average Monthly Heating and Cooling Costs?

Utility bills can be quite an expense for some homeowners. Inquiring about the average monthly bill will not only confirm if this is a cost you can afford but if the price seems oddly high, it can be hinting at the fact that there might be a lingering issue with the system.

Is the HVAC System Energy-Efficient?

Having an energy-efficient HVAC system is not only good for the environment, but it cuts down on your monthly expenses too. It’s always important to ask if the unit will be maximizing its heating and cooling capabilities while also minimizing the cost.

Also, consider asking if the unit relies on R-22 — since this refrigerant is currently being phased out (it has been found to contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer).

Questions to Ask About Plumbing

Have the Sewer Lines Been Inspected?

If the answer is no, ask for a video inspection of the home’s main sewer line. Sewer lines can be damaged due to clogs, cracks, or misaligned pipe connections. The cost of replacement is comparable to a new roof.

Do All of the Faucets Work Properly?

Make sure you test out each faucet in the home to check for any leaks, drips, or water pressure issues. If you notice any problems, you’ll want to have them inspected, by a professional, as soon as possible.

Are the Toilets in the House Low-Flow?

Ask your real estate agent if the house you’re interested in has low-flow toilets. This means that the amount of water the “throne” uses to flush will be minimized, which will reduce your water bill each month. Of course, if you’re looking to upgrade your bathroom fixtures in your new home, these upgrades are worth it.

Are the Shut-Off Valves Working?

Always ask if the shut-off valves are working correctly. A faulty valve could be detrimental to your home if you find yourself having plumbing failure and flooding.

If you’ve recently purchased a new home and you’re experiencing HVAC or plumbing issues, the experts at Hedrick's Service Now are here to help. Give us a call today at (214) 509-6029 to schedule an appointment.