Buying a new home is a very exciting time and stressful time. Most people do their due diligence and hire a home inspector. Home inspectors often know a little about a lot of things and will create reports for you recommending when something may require the attention of a trained professional. Often this report is given to the seller to hire someone for inspection repair or replacement. This means that the repairs and inspections are being done by a company who is working for the seller and their recommendations may not be in your best interest. This is where having a buyers HVAC inspection comes in.
The most common request from a home inspector is a “furnace cleaning.” For us, this translates to a furnace tune up. During a tune-up we will examine the entire furnace, do a light cleaning, tighten any loose wires or bolts and clean the sensors. We will provide recommendations based on our findings. Often furnaces are well maintained and have zero concerns, but sometimes major repairs are needed. These recommendations can easily be hidden from the buyer by providing a receipt for the cleaning without knowing what recommendations a technician made.
It is your right as the buyer to have your own examination. We highly recommend having at minimum an independent inspection/certification. It is always best to err on the side of caution and we can help you to make sure that you are negotiating with all the information you need to close on the house of your dreams with needed repairs included, or at least not unexpected.