How to Inspect an HVAC Unit Before You Rent

Inspect an HVAC UnitIt’s extremely important, of course, that you do your due diligence if you’re getting ready to rent a new apartment or a new house. You want to make sure you check it as thoroughly as possible before moving in, because you don’t want to have to deal with a lot of hassles and frustrations. One of the things a lot of new renters overlook is the heating and cooling system. Here’s some information on how to inspect an HVAC unit before you commit to making that house or apartment your new home.

How to Do It

These are some simple tips, but they are vital to making sure you’ll be comfortable for as long as you are in your rental unit.

  • Make sure the filters are clear of dirt and debris. If they’re not, get the landlord to change them before you move in. A dirty filter can seriously reduce an HVAC system’s ability to properly circulate air.
  • Turn off the circuit breaker to the heating and cooling system and look for loose wires.
  • Check the condensate drain for clogs. If it is clogged, that could lead to the accumulation of moisture and the eventual growth of mold and bacteria.
  • If the furnace is gas-powered, smell for leaks and check the heat exchanger for cracks.
  • Look at the air conditioner coils to check for any dust or dirt accumulation. If they are dirty, make sure they are cleaned before you move in. Dirty coils can rob an AC system of efficiency and can also hasten breakdowns. The reason is that the air conditioner would have to work too hard to make you comfortable.
  • Once your inspection is done, turn the circuit breaker back on.

Again, it’s very important that you inspect an HVAC unit before you commit to renting. If you have any questions, get in touch with Metro Express Service. Contact us online or call us at 817-516-0700.


Randy Murphy

Randy Murphy has been building his knowledge of the air conditioning and heating business for several years now. He first started applying his knowledge while working for his father’s HVAC company. Later, in 1987, Randy started his own business: Metro Express Service. He has been a top 10 Trane & Amana dealer for over eight years. When it comes to heating and cooling, Randy knows the business better than anyone.
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