Selling your home?
Taking preventative steps will save you time and money.
Preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning system is an important step to ensure a smoother transaction & minimize home inspection hick-ups.
Here are 10 tips to help you get your HVAC system market ready:
Catch up on maintenance and cleaning your equipment
Check your maintenance records to see if your system is due for maintenance and cleanings. In Northeast Florida, air conditioners work relentlessly 10 months out of the year. To preserve the system’s major components, routine system maintenance is required twice a year to avoid breakdowns and expensive repairs. Showing recent maintenance records will give potential buyers a piece of mind. After all, the HVAC system is the second most expensive repair after the roof.
Check the thermostat for accuracy and functionality
Ensure your thermostat settings are working properly by cycling your system through all phases = cool, heat and auto while changing the fan setting to and from auto/on.
Also, check to see if the temperature reading is accurate. Often times, when thermostats are replaced, the opening behind it is not properly sealed and allows unconditioned air (from attic or outside) to corrupt the temp sensor resulting in inaccurate temperature readings.
Code and safety compliance: breakers
Check to see if the amperage ratings on your equipment are matching the ratings on the dedicated breaker in your electrical panel.
Your indoor unit should be labeled as HEAT/Furnace and outdoor unit as AC/Compressor. Each must have a dedicated breaker with matching amp rating indicated on the equipment.
Example: If you have a 5KW heat element in your indoor units, it will call for a 30-amp breaker.
Drain overflow device
Moisture sensors, or float switches, ensure that your home does not flood if the condensation drain line clogs up. It shuts off your system when your drain line backs up, preventing overflowing. Float switch has to be installed between the indoor unit and main drain line. If you have one, test it and make sure it work by opening the panel and lifting the float device.
Indoor units located on the ground level are required to have 1 sensor, however, units located in the attic or above first level are required to have 2 sensors: one at unit and one at the drain pan.
Proper insulation (armaflex) on refrigerant lines
It is the black insulation tubing that covers your copper refrigerant lines. It protects the integrity of the copper and help the system retain the temperature of the refrigerant while it travels through the copper. Exposure to high temperatures, the insulation often hardens and loses its integrity. Check the insulation for rips, hardness and ensure that lines ar properly covered.
Odor, dust, poor air flow
Check your vents for sufficient airflow, it needs to be even throughout the your home. Make sure your vents are fully opened and are not damped. The amount of air coming out of your vents should be even throughout your home. If you experience weak airflow out of a particular vent, notice dust or odor, it could be an indication of a damaged duct. Getting a video inspection of your duct system is generally inexpensive and highly recommended in this case.
Check for mold and microbial growth
Our high levels humidity cause excessive condensation and sweating of refrigerant lines, coils and ductwork, exposing your home and system to potentially harmful growths such as mold and mildew. Inspect to see if there are any discolorations, marks or microbial growth on your indoor equipment and ductwork (including vents).
Signs of wet vents (condensation) is an indication of an air leak or excessive condensation due to improper insulation. However, most of the time it is an inexpensive fix.
Check your air filters, make sure they are clean and the correct size. A clogged filter will restrict air flow to your blower motor and puts extra stress on your compressor.
Clear area around outdoor unit
The outdoor unit has a fan motor that keeps your compressor cool and prevents it from overheating when it’s working at full capacity. Often times, to make our yard prettier, we plant bushes or build partition walls to conceal the ugly air conditioner but this can a costly mistake that may lead to major breakdowns.
Allow your compressor to get proper air circulation by clearing all debris, plants and objects within 15 inches all around. Also, make sure that there are no leafs, debris, dirt or branches stick inside or around the fan blades.
Move objects from air intakes
Allow your system to breath by ensuring that all (if you have multiple) return air registers are clear of any objects.
Bold City Heating and Air offers a wide range of services and products to help you get your air conditioning system up to date on maintenance and market ready. Feel free to give us a call at (904) 379-1648 if we can be at any help.
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