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Replace HVAC System Before Selling

Replace Your HVAC System Before Putting Your House On The Market?

Replace HVAC System Before Selling

A question we get asked often is “Should we replace our HVAC system before putting our house on the market?” 

Selling your home can be a nerve-wracking time. Packing, hiring movers, last minute showings and all of the other necessities are all stressful. Most sellers have little time to think about their HVAC system. It may seem counter-intuitive to make a large investment on an HVAC system for a home that you are selling. When a potential buyer walks through and around a home, that rusty unit or dusty furnace can be a red flag. No one wants to purchase a home, then months later have to spend thousands of dollars on repairs or replacement. Having the ability to show that your current HVAC system is healthy and shows no signs of breaking down is vital to selling your home.

Potential HVAC Issues

We often get called to homes by sellers and buyers to evaluate HVAC systems to see if there are issues or weaknesses. An old or inefficient system can lead to high utility bills, plus signal possible breakdowns in the future. A trend that is popping up nowadays is home buyers requesting recent utility bills. A higher average electric bill will likely detract a person from purchasing a home. 

Many home sellers schedule us to come out and identify any potential issues that could hold up the sale. You may not recoup 100% of the cost from replacing your HVAC. However, it will help with marketability and the ease of selling your home for the price you’ve asked. All home buyers would prefer a new HVAC system in their new investment! If you want to make sure your home’s HVAC system will pass the test before you put your home on the market, give us a call!

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Why Should You Consider a Two-Stage Furnace?

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Everyone knows that, in DFW, it’s hot. When we replace an HVAC system, the first thing we have check is that it is the new HVAC system is the right size to properly cool your home on the hottest day of the year. Since a large air conditioner must match up with a furnace of the same size, this means that sometimes we have to put in a furnace that is larger than what your home needs. A furnace that is too large can cause comfort issues, poor indoor air quality, and higher utility bills.

Why a Two-Stage Furnace? 

Our solution to this common problem is a two-stage furnace. The difference between a traditional furnace and the two-stage furnace is all in the name. Traditional furnaces have just one speed, so when you put the thermostat on to heat, it blasts you with 100% heating capacity. While percentages vary, a 2-stage furnace will start out at 50%-75% of capacity and then bring on the remaining heating capacity if needed to achieve the desired temperature. The reduced capacity creates a more comfortable environment that heats the home evenly.

Other Benefits

The most common application for the two-stage furnace we see is for the HVAC system on the second floor of a house. The second floor benefits from warm air rising up from below, so less heating is required to keep that area comfortable. The 2-stage furnace also corrects poor indoor air quality. When a traditional furnace comes on, it heats the house up quickly and then shuts down. This does not allow the air to circulate through the home and pass through the air filter to get purified. A two-stage furnace slows down the air flow so that more air can move through the system and the air filter. Two-stage furnaces are also quieter than their single speed counterparts.

It helps with A/C too!

Lastly, the metered air flow also helps in the cooling seasons to reduce humidity and improve comfort in your home. The air flows out of the vents in a uniform flow and doesn’t hit you with a freezing blast of air. Go a step further and combo a 2-stage furnace with a 2-stage air conditioner to make a highly efficient and comfortable HVAC system.
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What To Do When a Furnace Repair Won’t Fix the Problem

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Most of us don’t think about our furnace until it stops working, but sooner or later we all will have that unfortunate experience. When we go out to check a furnace, every attempt is made to repair it. Despite our best efforts, sometimes a repair isn’t enough and replacement is the better route to go. Below are a few items to consider when deciding if your furnace should be replaced or repaired:

Frequency of Breakdowns

Since many breakdowns are tied to other parts of the furnace this is the number one consideration for furnace replacement. Are you calling your furnace repair company every winter for unexpected breakdowns? Is the cost of each breakdown slowly creeping up? We can help you navigate whether your money would be better spent on a new furnace versus repairing the existing one. 

Age

Sometimes it is just a number, and other times it is a reality. Due to our mild winters here in North Texas we get a lot of life out of our furnaces. Unfortunately, as time goes by efficiency goes down, and a new furnace could pay for itself in energy savings alone. Most new furnaces operate as much as twice the efficiency of older units. 

Maintenance History

You may take great care of your furnace or heating system, but how good did the previous owners do? A good indication is how well they kept up the rest of the property. If a lot things around the home visibly lacked maintenance, then odds are that the HVAC was neglected too. This neglect takes time off of your furnace’s life. A good tip when buying a home is to ask the owners for any maintenance records they have and contacting us to do a full inspection. 

Cost

Before you do anything, it has to make sense financially. We offer guaranteed pricing, warranties, and flexible financing options to help you with your decision should the furnace need replacement. 

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