Should I Replace My Air Conditioner in a House I’m Selling?

Should I Replace My Air Conditioner in a House I’m Selling?

Old Air ConditionerSelling your home? Good! Now’s the time since it’s a seller’s market in Phoenix.

According to Forbes, the housing market in the West is looking up, especially in the Phoenix metro area where the asking prices have risen 24.8% year-over-year.

So as you’re looking for ways to increase your home’s value for the market, should you consider replacing your air conditioner or would a few repairs/tune-ups suffice?

Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Home inspectors will want to check your air conditioner

Any potential buyer will want to have your home inspected and will hire a home inspector to make sure everything is in tip-top shape.

With that in mind, know that a home inspector will check the quality of your cooling system. And some buyers will even take a second step and hire an HVAC contractor to do a more thorough inspection. So if your system needs to be replaced, it’s not something you will get by with.

Hire your own HVAC contractor first

Since the quality of your system will be found out eventually, it’s best that you find a quality contractor to assess the condition of your air conditioner so you’ll know if you need to repair or replace ahead of time.

Doing so allows you to factor those repairs or replacements into the price of your home.

There are a few ways you can tell if replacing is going to be the best option, though.

Signs of an air conditioner that needs to be replaced

There are three major signs that you will need to replace your air conditioner:

  • Your air conditioner’s age is 15 years or more – That’s the typical lifespan of a central A/C according to Consumer Reports.
  • Your utility bills are very high – Some inspectors will ask to see your utility bills.
  • You’ve had to constantly repair your air conditioner – Again, some inspectors will ask to see what maintenance you’ve done to your system to assess its condition.

If your air conditioner is in poor condition and needs to be replaced, then you can negotiate with the buyer about the price. The important thing is to be honest with potential buyers and price your home where it’s fair for both parties.

Get an honest inspection

If you’re selling your home and need an honest inspection of your air conditioner to see if it needs to be repaired or replaced, contact Fountain Hills Air. We’ll advise you what your best option is based on the condition of your system.

Or you can read our previous article for more information about if you should repair or replace your air conditioner.