New Home’s Furnace or Boiler?

Posted on: February 1, 2018 by in Corning, Home Inspection, Home Inspector, NY
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What Can Your Corning House Inspector Learn About Your New Home’s Furnace or Boiler?

A lot of potential Corning homeowners shop for their homes in the fall. If they’re fortunate, they find one they love, and they’re able to close before the snow flies. The worst thing that can happen to them would be that their furnaces stop working. No one wants to deal with that during their first winter in their new home. Here at Precision Home Inspection, we know you don’t want to deal with it either.

Checking your new home’s furnace will be high on the list of priorities for your inspector. They’re looking for the following:

  • The type of heating system you have
  • The heating method it uses
  • How it works
  • Whether or not it has been well maintained
  • Any issues it might have that you need to be aware of

Let’s take a closer look at what your furnace inspection will look like.

Inspecting Your New Home’s Furnace

Details matter when it comes to inspecting furnaces. Your home inspector should take their time because this is a very important part of the process. They should open all accessible panels to check the heating equipment. They should identify the energy source that the furnace uses to make heat. All venting and distribution systems should be checked carefully.

Specifically, your inspector is looking for:

  • Any signs of rust, corrosion or soot
  • Any gas that might be leaking
  • The age, serial number and input BTUs
  • Unusual noises or odors
  • The proper location of the furnace within the home

In addition, all ductwork should be inspected. Your inspector will check to be sure the thermostat is in a central location in the house, and that it is working properly.

The Results of Your Furnace Inspection

Every potential homeowner hopes for the news that the inspection went well, and the furnace is in working order. Unfortunately, that’s not always the end result. If it is for you, that’s great! You can cross the furnace off your “things to worry about” list. If your furnace needs work, it’s better that you know before you close on the home.

You have options if you find that your home’s furnace has some problems. You may be able to negotiate with the seller to get it replaced or repaired. It’s important to talk this over with your agent so you get the best advice. Your inspector will outline any potential issues in their report. If repairs are necessary, the details will be specified in the report.

Buying a home is such a big decision. It’s exciting, but there are parts of it that can be scary as well. Making sure your furnace is in proper working order is so important. That’s why at Precision Home Inspection, we take our time to check it over carefully. Also, we invite you to join us during your inspection. We love questions, and we’re happy to provide you with any information you want about your home.

Don’t wait to make an appointment for your home inspection in Corning. We’re here to provide you with our services. Contact us today to set up your appointment.