An incredibly important part of buying a new home is a home inspection. You want to make sure your potential house doesn’t have any unexpected repairs or replacements needed. Part of that inspection should include a thorough look at the home’s heating system. Here are a few tips to make sure your new home’s heating system inspection goes well!
- Schedule a separate heating system inspection with an HVAC expert. While a regular home inspection is great for the rest of the house, your heating system needs a specialist to make sure everything is working properly and up to date, so you won’t get hit with any surprise fees.
- Look for service history stickers on the unit applied by the fuel company. It will be a good indication that the system was being properly maintained by the previous owners.
- Take a look at the room the system is housed in. Is it clean? Are there old parts lying around? Those may be indicators of whether the previous owner had issues with the system and kept up to date with regular system cleaning and maintenance.
- For your oil tank, look for stickers on the tank that indicate the age and whether it is CSA or ULC approved. Your insurance company will want to know that information before they approve a new policy for it.
- Red flags include sooty, dirty mechanical rooms and oil stains around the tank or heating unit.
These tips should help ensure your new home’s heating system is not going to give you any surprises in the near future. From here on you’ll want to make sure you have your heating system properly cleaned and maintained each year by a qualified heating expert. That way, if you sell your home in the future you won’t be giving the new owners any unwanted surprises either!
Are you moving? Did you know that West Nova Fuels and Superline Fuels covers most of the mainland of NS. IF you are moving anywhere in NS give us a call to make your transition to a new home easy. Don’t forget to leave a note for the new home owners of the house you sold to call us to talk about their heating oil.