Whether you’re buying a home near Berlin, MD, or want to know how your existing HVAC system is doing, a comprehensive inspection can give you the intel needed to make an informed decision. Unfortunately, not all assessments are created equal. Here’s what you need to know to get the best bang for your buck the next time you need an HVAC inspection.
Working with a Home Inspector Vs. an HVAC Contractor
Conventional home inspectors are trained to visually inspect heating and cooling equipment and detect any immediate issues that may prevent the system from running. Usually, they’ll make sure that the system starts and runs normally. Inspection reports typically include a disclaimer noting that certain critical components, such as the heat exchanger, haven’t been inspected. The homeowner should consult a qualified HVAC contractor for further advice.
Heating and cooling technicians perform a much more comprehensive inspection covering all major components. You’ll be alerted to any issues that are present or may arise in the future. Since heating and air conditioning systems account for nearly 50% of household energy use, having a separate HVAC inspection is a worthwhile investment. Protect yourself from significant expenses and maintenance-related issues that a qualified service technician can detect.
Inspections for Heat Pumps and Central AC Systems
Heat pumps and central cooling systems contain five main components: the compressor, condenser, evaporator, air handler, and thermostat. Each component relies on dozens of secondary parts, such as valves, belts, and bearings, that require regular maintenance. To make sure these items are functioning optimally, our service technicians check the following during all central HVAC inspections.
- Testing the thermostat and controls
- Checking the wiring and measuring the electrical current
- Inspecting the condensate pan and drain line
- Measuring the refrigerant level to check for leaks
- Visually inspecting the condenser and evaporator coils
- Testing the fan and blower motor
- Inspecting moving parts for wear and tear
- Testing the capacitors for proper starting and energy flow
- And more
Furnace Inspections for Home Safety
Oil and gas heating systems contain specialized components that require additional maintenance to ensure their safe, efficient operation. In some cases, problems with these items can affect the system’s performance or allow dangerous carbon monoxide gas to enter your home. For peace of mind, our heating inspections cover the following components.
- Exhaust lines and intake vents
- Burners and fuel nozzles
- Gas lines and valves
- Heat exchangers
- Electronic ignition switches
- Thermocouples and pilot lights
Tests for Airflow and Equipment Sizing
When you hire our team to perform your HVAC inspection, our service technicians will also check the air ducts and make sure the system is properly sized for the home’s square footage and heat gain or heat loss factors. If you’re moving into an existing home, it’s a great time to have the air ducts cleaned to remove dirt, debris, and pet dander left from the previous owners.
Cracks in the supply vents can allow contaminants to enter your HVAC system. Damaged or disconnected ducts also cause significant energy losses that can drive up your utility bills unnecessarily. Our heating and cooling professionals ensure that the ducts are properly sized and installed. Keeping these components in good working order can protect the system’s efficiency and save you money, especially if you plan on selling your home in the future.
Schedule an HVAC Inspection
For more information about our HVAC inspections or scheduling a service visit, contact Griffith Energy Services. We’ve been installing hvac systems and other related services to residents since 1898. We’ll give you a detailed, accurate assessment of your home’s HVAC system to protect you from unwanted surprises and expenses.
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