Selling Your House This Summer? Get Your HVAC System Ready
When buyers come to see your home, one of the first things they’ll notice is whether or not they feel comfortable after walking into your house. Your HVAC system and air conditioner will play a big role in the level of comfort that potential buyers feel. Keeping your A/C working properly when selling a house in the summer will help you market your home to potential buyers.
Clean Out and Around the Condenser
Your home’s air conditioning system requires good air flow in order to move air through the home, and expel the hot air. Weeds and debris around the the condenser or dirt inside the condenser will force your air conditioner to work harder than necessary in order to cool your home. In some cases, this could even result in poor functioning of your air conditioner and a decreased life-span of the unit. To ensure that your home’s air conditioner is ready to cool your home properly, clean the area around and inside the condenser.
- Cut down weeds and plants around the condenser.
- Rake leaves and remove organic debris from the area around the condenser.
- Cut the power to the condenser, then remove the lid and vacuum the leaves inside the condenser. In some cases, you may need to spray out the inside of the condenser with a strong jet of water from a hose.
Change the Air Filter
The air filter cleans the air that flows through the HVAC system. A clean air filter will protect your air conditioner from dust, pollen and dander. To replace your air filter, remove the old filter from the slot between the return air duct and the blower. Next, take the filter to a home improvement center and buy a replacement.
Investigate Warm Rooms
Rooms that are warmer than other parts of the house are an indication that something is going wrong with the A/C. If some of the rooms of a home are warmer than others, check inside and outside the vents to be sure that nothing is blocking the flow of air. If the airflow appears to be unobstructed, contact an HVAC professional to have the ducts investigated and properly sealed.
Get a Tune-up
Get an air conditioner tune-up at the start of the summer by a reputable HVAC professional. If your HVAC professional recommends repairs, have them done right away to ensure that your air conditioner will be ready by the time your home goes on the market.