What to Expect with an HVAC Inspection

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What is an HVAC inspection?
In mild weather, broken air conditioning might not seem like such a big deal. But come peak summer, you’ll definitely want your HVAC system in prime condition! Even if you have a pool to escape to, a broken AC unit can quickly have your whole family feeling cranky.

Sudden failure of an AC unit is often due to deferred or improper maintenance. If you’re wondering how long an air conditioner lasts, you should probably have a professional come take a look at your unit. A full HVAC inspection is a thorough review and assessment of all components related to heating and cooling your home.

Although every homeowner needs an HVAC inspection, not everyone knows what to expect! Use this guide to understand what is involved in the process.

Can I just do an HVAC inspection myself?
Unless you’re a licensed HVAC technician, chances are you won’t have the knowledge to perform an inspection that is as thorough as one conducted by a sharp-eyed professional.

On the flip side, by understanding what to expect with an HVAC inspection, you will gain a better idea of what technicians look for when servicing your air conditioning system.

How much should an HVAC inspection cost?
The services included in an HVAC inspection vary among companies, and the number of services included will affect the price. For a comprehensive, very thorough HVAC inspection during the home buying process, you’ll find prices ranging from $200-450.

For the annual recommended HVAC inspection, you’ll find these services called “tune-ups” or “check-ups.” More specific services, such as an AC inspection will cost somewhere between $80-150, which is a relatively inexpensive precaution against pricier repairs resulting from neglect that might manifest down the road.

The Professional’s Checklist for HVAC Inspection
If you’re paying $200 or more for an inspection, you want to make sure you’re getting a good one! A quality HVAC inspection from a licensed technician should include at least half of these items. Services included during an inspection vary from company to company, and the inspection price will fluctuate accordingly.

Here are the main points that will be covered during an HVAC inspection:

1. Voltage testing and checking electrical components for failures.
2. Lubricate moving parts.
3. Check HVAC filter.
4. Inspect condensate drain for blockages.
5. Check thermostat settings and test calibration.
6. Check electrical connections.
7. Inspect the quality of installation.
8. Inspect the condition of your HVAC appliances.
9. Test safety controls.
10. Test for problematic airflow through the home.
11. Inspect components of blower.
12. Check refrigerant pressure.
13. Test gas piping and pressure
14. Test heat pump heating mode and defrost cycle
15. Inspect the condensate drain for clogs and blockages

If you get a crazy cheap deal on an inspection, it’s probably too good to be true. The power of a dollar goes far in the HVAC inspection world, so a good rule of thumb is that you get what you pay for.

Professional HVAC Inspection & Maintenance
If you are looking for a licensed contractor for a home HVAC inspection, John C. Flood has reputable HVAC professionals ready to meet your needs. This HVAC company has served the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC region for over 100 years — so their team has seen it all. Call John C. Flood to schedule your HVAC inspection today: (703) 783-0247.

John C FloodWith more than 100-years of experience serving the DMV area, John C. Flood provides excellent plumbing, air conditioning, heating, and electrical services! Their experience, expertise, and reliability make them the area’s go-to for homeowners and renters needing maintenance, repair, and service on a variety of HVAC and plumbing needs!

Plus, it’s easy to book an appointment online, and John C. Flood will put you on their convenient list of check-up customers, so you’ll always have regular inspections and catch plumbing problems before they grow! Call them today at (703) 752-3901 and mention "DULLES" for 15% off your first service call!

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