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Should You Replace Your HVAC System When Selling a Home?

Replacing your HVAC when selling might give you the advantage you need in a competitive housing market like San Antonio’s. Having an operable and reasonably efficient HVAC system isn’t negotiable in San Antonio. Whether you need to depends on your system’s age, efficiency, and overall condition.

The Pros

  • It will make your home easier to sell. If you replace it before selling, you can include the new HVAC system on the MLS (multiple listing service) listing your real estate agent puts online. It’s the first place the majority of buyers look, and having a new system definitely gives you an advantage.
  • It will add value. Homebuyers prioritize energy efficiency when looking for a home, and a new HVAC system tops the list for cutting heating and cooling costs. Buyers won’t be able to negotiate the sales price with you based on an old, inefficient heating and cooling system.
  • It provides a transferable HVAC warranty. Of all the appliances under roof, the HVAC system is the most expensive. Being able to hand the new buyers an active and valid warranty lowers some of the stress associated with buying a home.

The Cons

You won’t recover all your costs. Few home improvements translate directly to an increase in home price and replacing your HVAC when selling is no different. However, the improvements you make to its energy efficiency won’t go unnoticed.

The new efficiency standards that went into effect in 2015 mean that replacing your old one gives you an edge in the market, since they’re considerably higher than the previous efficiency requirements. The new standards require a minimum 14 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating for cooling systems. The previous minimum stood at 10 SEER.

Theoretically, new cooling systems are 40 percent more efficient than their 10 SEER predecessors. Heat pump heating efficiency also increased from 7.5 to 8.0.

If you find that replacing your HVAC when selling is a must or it’s a way to sell faster at a better price, the pros at Beyer Boys can help. We provide trusted HVAC services for San Antonio homeowners.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).