There’s a long list of things to do before you buy a house, and one of these includes checking the furnace, which is a part of the HVAC system. 

People who own a house know how expensive furnace maintenance is, and a malfunctioning furnace can cause further problems down the road. 

But there’s nothing to worry about because Capital Plumbing and Heating is here to give you all the information on how to check a furnace before buying a house. 

Check To See If It Works 

The first thing you need to do is see if the furnace actually works. All you have to do is turn the thermostat to heat mode and wait for the hot air. 

It usually takes about a minute or two. Turn the thermostat off if you don’t feel hot air blowing out of the vents.

Check the Thermostat’s Condition 

Lift the thermostat’s cover and see if there’s any dust inside. This can impact the thermostat’s calibration. 

Thermostats in newer houses don’t have this problem, but you need to keep an eye out for this if you’re buying a used house.

Check the Furnace’s Fuse Box

Even if the furnace is heating up the house, it’s best to check the fuse box. If the circuit breaker switch keeps tripping to the off position, it could be due to a serious fault. 

In such cases, it’s better to call an expert for advice. 

Check the Furnace

Before you sign on the dotted line, check to see if there are any dirt or burn marks on the furnace. These can occur due to malfunctioning or lack of maintenance.

Also, keep an eye out for the ventilation pipes and make sure that nothing is blocking them. 

Check the Furnace’s Filters 

Now that you’ve made sure that the furnace, fuse box, and thermostat are in great condition, it’s time to take a peek at the inside. 

Newer houses will have fresh filters in the furnace, but if you’re buying a used house, check to see if the filters need to be replaced. 

You can even get a heads-up on the maintenance costs by asking the previous owners how often they had to change the furnace filters.

We’re Here to Help 

Nothing ruins your winter like a bad furnace and the cost of replacing it. However, there’s no need to spend all that money just yet. Reach out to Capital Plumbing and have your furnace problems fixed in no time.