Determining the age of an HVAC
When looking to buy a home, two things that could immediately cost you are the HVAC and the roof. Both can run you upwards of $6,000, and potentially over $10,000. When showing a home, I always like to take note of the HVAC’s age and condition.
Since I am not, nor do I claim to be an HVAC technician, I generally put the condition into one of three categories: bad, fair, and good. As far as the age, that we can determine exactly. All HVAC’s have a sticker on them with the serial number. If you look at the serial number, almost all of them work in the same manner. The first two digits are age, and the next two digits are month. To find out the exact age of the HVAC if the serial number looks weird, you can use the website http://www.buildingcenter.org/content/hvac-production-dateage which has all manufacturers. The lifespan of most HVAC’s is about 10-15 years. Anything older than 15 years will probably need to be replaced soon.
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Written by: Robert Judy