Strange a/c problems crop up when you least expect them.
One day it’s 70 degrees outside, and cool and crisp inside. The next day it’s 100 degrees and you’re sweating like you’re in a sauna.
You’ve just bought your dream home and you’ve only had the place for less than a week or a month – when the a/c system calls it quits.
What do you do? The seller’s insurance policy is a fantastic place to begin if you have never had one before. But if you’re covered, check with your home service warranty provider to see whether they would replace a broken HVAC system. Up until closing, the seller was obligated by law to repair the air conditioner.
If you just bought a house and have had this problem, keep reading to find out what your options are.
What to do when ac goes out after purchasing your home?
‘As is’ clause in your property purchase agreement states what the seller’s obligations are for certain conditions.
After the home inspection, you were provided with a list of known issues that the seller was supposed to fix before closing.
You should have requested to have the air conditioning fixed by an HVAC professional before closing on your new home.
The seller was legally required to fix the AC until closing.
However, when you move in, it doesn’t mean that your right to a working HVAC system ends there.
A Home Protection Policy from the seller’s insurance company can be a good start, especially if you haven’t had one in the past.
But if you’ve got a residential service warranty, check with your provider to determine if they cover HVAC failure or not.
How to prepare the house for hot weather
Rapid temperature rise can be a real problem if you live in an area that has hot summers. You may need to prepare your house for the heat by taking these steps:
- Re-insulate your attic. You should also check why your furnace’s efficiency is so low.
- Leave the AC on when the house is empty – this will keep it from cooling down too quickly.
- Keep windows open during sun hours (if possible) to help control temperature inside the house. Make sure there are no curtains or blinds blocking direct sunlight.
- Reduce heat gain by closing off rooms that you will not be using.
- Use an inexpensive fan to move air around, such as a box fan or an oscillating fan.
- Set up a programmable thermostat.
- Adaptable landscaping techniques, such as adding shade trees, shrubs and/or bushes may help keep your property cooler.
- Check the air handling system for proper ventilation so that hot air can escape.
- Consider using an indoor humidifier to maintain relative humidity between 35-50 percent.