When buying a new home there are many items you will want to check to ensure there are no hidden surprises down the road. One of the most important is the home's heating system. If the home has a gas furnace, take some time to ask questions and inspect the unit.
1. Turn on the furnace and listen for noises. Squeaks and rattles could indicate a mechanical problem, lack of maintenance or just be symptomatic of an older furnace that is showing its age.
2. Ask the real estate agent or homeowner for the age of the furnace. A gas furnace will typically last 15-20 years. Also, keep in mind that older furnaces can be more expensive to operate.
3. Check the unit's EnergySTAR® rating. If you're lucky the label will still be attached to the unit. If not, the unit's serial number can be used to contact the manufacturer for efficiency information.
4. Have the heating system inspected by a professional. For your peace of mind, it's a good idea to have the home's heating and cooling system inspected to identify any potential problems that could end up costing you money in repairs or higher utility bills.
Have questions about gas furnaces or need a home heating inspection? Call Ostrom. We can help with all your home heating questions.