I believe a home inspection should be a period that we inspect your choice in home or property but I really believe in empowering my clients by educating them on how their home works.  More importantly, I want to educate them on what to look for when systems in a home may have possible issues and what to do when these systems fail.  Recently, I was hired for a home inspection in Tinley Park, Illinois.  My clients were concerned on the mechanical systems age, cost to replace, and life expectancy.

The air conditioner unit is generally inspected first due to the fact that is on the exterior of the home.  The air conditioner manufacturer was a Carrier that happened to be 11 years old.  The age of the air conditioner was not alarming.  Generally, air conditioner units have a life expectancy of over 20 years.  The cost for replacement starts from $1500.00 for a 1 ton unit to $7000.00 for a 5 ton unit.  The Tinley Park home inspection had no apparent issues on the air conditioning system.  You can see an actual air conditioner inspection at ~ http://www.pinnaclepropertyinspection.com/watchaninspection.html.

The next mechanical system I inspected at the Tinley Park home inspection was the heating system.  The heating system is composed of a furnace, duct work, thermostat, and humidifier.  All of these items are major components that need to be in good working order for a heating system.  The furnace at the Tinley Park home inspection was also a Carrier that happened to be the same age as the air conditioner.  This is not uncommon to see that the furnace and air conditioner are the same age.  We see a lot of split systems being the same age because you can save money replacing the furnace and air conditioner at the same time.  A furnace life expectancy is 25 years with annual maintenance.  The cost to replace a furnace depends on if you purchase a high efficient unit or a 80% unit.  You can see prices of furnaces at ~ http://www.pinnaclepropertyinspection.com/repair-replacement-costs.html.

The water heater was the next mechanical system I inspected at the Tinley Park home inspection.  The property had a 6 year old 50 gallon Rheem water heater.  I inspected the tank and burners to see if there was any rusting on the tank that can lead to the demise of the water heater.  Water heaters life expectancy is 12 years.  If you get more than 12 years you are lucky.  To replace a 40 gallon water heater you can plan on spending between $550.00 – $750.00 depending on piping materials, ease of installation and location in the country you reside.

Hopefully this helps consumers understand what to look for when searching for a home.  If you have any questions please contact me at ~ http://www.pinnaclepropertyinspection.com/about-jim-kolke.html.

Thanks for stopping by.  Jim Kolke

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