New Home With An Old Furnace
When in the market for a new home, the status of the HVAC system is always on the docket. Did you find your dream home only to realize that the furnace is past its prime? Here are a few tips on what to do if you are looking to purchase a home with an older furnace.
A well-maintained furnace should last an average of 15-20 years. Many companies will start trying to sell you a new furnace after about eight years, which is just a bunch of malarkey. Don’t fall for that! Godby has helped maintain furnaces that have lasted decades after they “should” have. But we get it, a new home is a big purchase and the last thing you want to worry about is your furnace breaking a week after you move in.
Here are some FAQs about furnaces and new home purchases.
If the furnace in the house I want to purchase is old, can I ask the homeowner to replace it before I move in?
Heck, you can ask the homeowner to leave you a bag of gold bricks in the basement, but they don’t have to do it! The better question is this: should you ask them to replace it? When purchasing a new furnace for your home, you will want a qualified individual to come to the home to assess what furnace would be best for that particular home and family. If it is up to the sellers, you can probably bet they would just buy the cheapest thing they can get their hands on. The sellers won’t have to deal with it later, you will.
The furnace in the house I want to purchase is old. What are my options other than having them replace the furnace?
You can ask for maintenance records on their system or ask which company they used to maintain their furnace. The HVAC company would have all the maintenance records on file if the homeowner doesn’t have records (or if you want to double check them). The maintenance records will let you know if they have properly maintained the HVAC system over the years. A well-maintained furnace is a wonderful thing, but there is no crystal ball telling you how much longer it will last. You will have to determine whether you want to cross your fingers and save for a later date or go another route.
Another option is to ask for a credit towards a new HVAC system from the seller. This credit would allow you to do the shopping, making sure you get the system that you want and your home needs!
Either way, the homeowner could say no. You will have to decide whether or not you think the home is worth it!
When it comes to your all of your heating/cooling, plumbing and electrical needs, remember, It’s Gotta be Godby!