Buying a home or business? Or maybe you’re a seller. Getting a home inspection? Good idea! What about a mechanical system inspection? What’s that? A mechanical system inspection involves inspecting the building plumbing, heating and ventilation system. Many home inspectors have little or no experience in building mechanical system inspections, yet the mechanical system is often overlooked or not scrutinized close enough. Not to knock the services a home inspector brings, it’s just that many are simply not trained or experienced enough in residential plumbing and heating systems.
These systems can also be the costliest to correct, improve, repair or upgrade. A residential plumbing and heating mechanical inspection would cover the building plumbing system, drainage system, sump pump, furnace, boiler, rooftop unit, ac system, domestic hot water heating system to name a few. It would help point out deficiencies if any, required repairs, safety issues, leaks and so on.
Most HVAC service companies will offer clients an annual maintenance service. Regular residential home heating system maintenance is important to ensure system longevity, improved efficiency and in most cases lower operating costs. Yet we are still finding the vast majority of people will give their HVAC systems little thought until something goes wrong. The sudden loss of heating or cooling ability, no hot water or strange noises are telltale signs that something is awry, and may be the only time some pick up the phone and call a HVAC service company. There are numerous other problems than can occur through poor system maintenance, some visible(such as leaks), some audible (failing motor bearings etc.) and many other problems not so apparent. Contrary to what some may believe, it is cost-effective in the long-term to maintain HVAC systems on a regular basis, as these poorly maintained systems become a huge liability especially when it comes time to sell your property.
The building mechanical system is most likely to have the most wear and tear. A reputable mechanical contractor should be the next person you call right after a home inspector. The fees associated, if any, would be money well spent, allow peace of mind in making the purchase and help alleviate the “what if’s” down the road.
So, along with a home inspection, make sure you get a mechanical inspection as well. It is the same as when buying a new vehicle. Sure it looks all shiny and nice, but under all that glitter and shine there could be some costly problems.
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