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Buy A Property That Has Been Abanoned: Don't Turn On Heat Or Air And Avoid Hot Water Until Everything Checks Out

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Buying a home through an estate sale is often an easy way to get a house for lower than the value or the market cost, but it often it means you are getting a house that maybe wasn't maintained properly. If someone elderly was living in it for years before they passed and the house then sat in probate for months or longer, it may not be in the best condition, along with the HVAC appliances. Have a heating repair service come to the property before using the HVAC appliances to do the following things.

Scope and Clean the Ventilation System

The ventilation system can get very clogged and dusty over time. Have the ducts cleaned with a vacuum system to remove anything that could be in the ducts, from dead insects to dander and pet hair. This will help to improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling units, and to improve the air quality, especially since this is something that may never have been completed in the system.

Tune-Up and Clean Out the Furnace

Cleaning out the furnace is something that should be done annually. The HVAC professional should do the following:

  • Remove the panels and blow the interior out with an air compressor
  • Replace the filter
  • Lubricate the metal mechanical components
  • Check the gas lines, pilot, and condition of the furnace

This is an easy way for the heating and cooling professional to see if there are repairs needed, parts that need replaced, or if the unit could potentially need replacement.

Check the Air Conditioning Unit

The air conditioning unit can get a lot more debris inside because it's located outside. This could mean leaves, twigs, insect nests, and mold or mildew buildup. The unit will be assessed and cleaned if needed, so it doesn't contaminate the ventilation system and your air once everything is running again.

Flush the Hot Water Tank

If it was unused, the hot water tank could have had stagnate water sitting in it for months. This water is probably unsanitary. You want to have the hot water tank drained and flushed out. This cleans the unit to kill bacteria, and it helps to eliminate buildup around the lining of the tank.

Don't start using old heating and cooling appliances, or even newer models that haven't been used for months, before they are looked at by the experts. You want to make sure that the units are safe, sanitary, and in the proper condition to run.


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