When a home is inspected the inspector checks what’s called the differential. This is the difference in the temperature between the return and supply. 

Your AC can feel like it’s working perfectly but the differential can be outside of the inspector’s tolerance possibly indicating a problem. On the inspection report there will be a notation that “AC unit is not functioning properly. Recommend a licensed HVAC company inspect the system.”

If your home is over 5 years old and you’re selling your home to a first time homebuyer that can be enough to cause a panic. Worst case you may be opening yourself up to having an inspection done by a HVAC company that also sells systems and may be more likely to recommend a new HVAC unit.

Perhaps the differential does indicate there is a problem, but more often than not the AC just needs to be serviced which is a fancy way of saying needs to be cleaned. Once the AC is serviced more often than not the system is back to working as intended.

Spending a small amount of money in advance to have your AC serviced is something we recommend to all our clients. This is a great way to avoid having a small issue turn into a big issue during the inspection period and will help make your home sale easier. Contact Eric Peterson at 512-791-7473 or email Eric@KopaRealEstate.com if you have any question.

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