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Why You Need a Home Inspection


Why You Need a Home Inspection from Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating & Cooling

Whether you are buying a new home or have lived in your home for 30 years, home inspections for your plumbing and HVAC systems are key to proper maintenance. While some may believe that such inspections are an unnecessary expense, inspections will actually save you more money in the long run. If we can catch problems with your plumbing and HVAC system early, we will be able to fix the problem before it causes a large amount of damage, leading to more costly repairs. Furthermore, if you are purchasing a new home, you should always have all areas of the building inspected to ensure that you are not purchasing a building in need of expensive repairs.

Inspections for New Homes

Did you know that HVAC systems are one of the least inspected areas in new homes, yet they often result in half of the claims that home insurance companies pay? This frequently occurs because inspectors of new homes will only look at either the cooling or heating system, depending on the current weather. The other half of the HVAC system goes uninspected until that season arrives and the owners of the house notice an issue. This leads to insurance claims, expensive repairs, and unnecessary headaches.

By hiring a reliable contractor to inspect your new home, you will be able to ensure that both aspects of the HVAC system, heating and cooling, will work when the time comes. This will avoid expensive repair work in the future, as any issues will be caught and resolved before greater damage can occur. In addition, the plumbing system of a new home is another key component of a good home inspection. Keeping both of these areas inspected will ensure that your new home will run smoothly.

Fall & Spring Inspections

It is recommended that your HVAC system inspection take place twice a year: in the spring and in the fall. This preventative maintenance is best twice a year because these are the seasons in which your HVAC system will switch uses between heating and cooling. Having inspections twice a year will ensure both that one system has not incurred any damage during the past season and that the other system is in good working condition moving forward to the next season. At Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we offer scheduled HVAC inspections in both the fall and the spring to members of our Home Systems Plan service agreement.

DIY vs. Professional Inspection

There are certain aspects of your HVAC system that you can inspect on your own. You should change the air filters once every month, and you can check your ductwork for dents in the metal, loose fittings, streaks of dirt (which point to an escape of air), or severely damaged areas. You can also ensure that furniture is not blocking your vents and that your outside air conditioning compressors are not obstructed by shrubs, leaves, trees, etc.

However, nothing can replace the importance of a professional HVAC and plumbing inspection to supplement your overview of the systems. A skilled professional can examine dangerous mechanical spaces such as the flue pipe, wiring, and other mechanisms. In addition, a professional in the industry will know what warning signs to watch for and what a damaged system looks like versus a fully-functional system. It is not ever recommended to skip a professional service inspection and replace it with one that is done on your own.

Inspections from Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating & Cooling

albuquerque plumbing logo-smallAt Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, our certified technicians provide quality services for both plumbing and HVAC home inspections. With this inspection, we can alert you to any potential problems and provide an estimate for any repairs that are necessary. Most importantly, a home inspection will provide you with peace of mind in knowing that two of the most important systems in your home, HVAC and plumbing, are in good working condition.

If you are a member of our Home Systems Plan service agreement, you have the benefit of receiving an inspection in both the fall and the spring. If you are not a member, you can still hire our company for all of your plumbing and HVAC inspection needs. Contact Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today to schedule your next home inspection.

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