Before making an offer on our new house, my husband and I paid for a home inspection.
- We also hired a licensed HVAC contractor to inspect the furnace, air conditioner and duct system to be sure all components were in decadent shape.
We didn’t want to move in and immediately need to replace the system or deal with a repair. The technician verified the efficiency and reliability of the heating and cooling system. He assured us that the equipment should last for quite a few more years. Once we bought the house, my husband and I immediately tackled remodeling projects. We tore up the ugly shag carpets and were delighted to find hardwood underneath. We sanded the floors down and applied a protective sealant. We also replaced windows, appliances and kitchen cupboards and countertops. We bought new light fixtures, painted and insulated the attic. To prevent dust and construction debris from entering the ductwork, we carefully blocked up the supply and return vents. It took several months to complete all of the projects. Despite especially hot and humid weather, we were unable to run the air conditioner. We opened windows and ran electric fans to help cool things off and provide ventilation, but the house was still overheated and sticky. We were excited to finally clean up, lower the thermostat and start up the air conditioner. Within a month, we had a problem with the cooling system. It was running constantly but not putting out sufficient air to achieve comfort. We weren’t happy about needing to call the HVAC contractor back for a repair. When he took the system apart, he found a significant buildup of construction debris.