In the long, hot summers we often experience in Odessa and Midland, having a properly running air conditioner is critical. That’s why your HVAC is one of the most important things to check before purchasing a home. You want to make sure you stay cool and don’t get stuck with expensive repair bills. In this post, we’ll discuss what to look out for in your A/C when purchasing a new home.
LET IT FLOW
If standing in the home – really anywhere, bedroom, living room, kitchen, etc. – you should be able to tell if the A/C is turned off or on. You shouldn’t only hear that the unit is on, but should feel the flow of air throughout the house. If you don’t feel the flow, that’s a sign there could be issues with the system.
KEEP IT DRY
Air conditioners were designed to eliminate humidity from the air to make you more comfortable. Even in the dry climate of West Texas, moisture accumulates and should be removed from the unit by a drain line. When inspecting the HVAC unit, it should be dry because all of the excess moisture should be gone. If there’s moisture in the area of your unit, that means you have a leak or a clogged drain line.
You can usually hear when your air is off or on. However, if you’re hearing banging, shrieking, or grinding coming from the unit when it’s turned on, it’s likely that a part or two needs to be replaced.
TAKE A WHIFF
It’s not wholly uncommon for it to smell like something is burning – but that’s typically only when you turn your heater on for the first time during the winter. If you regularly notice a burning smell when the A/C is on, that’s cause for concern. It could be burnt-out wires, which can be a fire hazard, or could even be the result of mold building up in the system.
FEEL THE FREEZE
When the A/C is turned on, the air from the vents should feel COLD! Not just cool, but ICE COLD! If it’s just blowing but not cooling the air, there’s definitely a problem – probably with the refrigerant. Definitely get it checked out!
WE’LL COME RUNNING
Most new home inspectors offer basic inspections of your entire home. If you notice any of the red flags mentioned above, City Plumbing strongly recommends you have our HVAC professionals fully inspect the system prior to purchase. Or maybe some of these issues have shown up in your current home. Either way, we can help make sure your HVAC unit is ready for the heat and the cold. Make an appointment online or call us today at 432-366-2401. Give us a call, and we’ll come running!