I'm selling my house, and the buyers had a home inspection done last
week. The inspector reported three issues with the first floor a/c ..
sagging ducts, some missing pipe lagging, and a plugged condensate
line causing leaking water. I called in a contractor who reported no
visible problems with sagging ducts or pipe insulation, but stated
that the air handler was 'rusted out' and would require replacement.
Of course the system is 20+ years old and really needs a complete
replacement, but I don't want to do that .. it wouldn't be a good deal
for the buyer 'cause I'd buy the cheapest one I could find.
I'm considering 2 options .. finding a sheetmetal guy to come in and
fashion a replacement pan and slap it on the existing air handler, or
telling the buyers what's up and offering them a couple thousand
dollars towards a replacement system. First options would certainly be
less expensive, but I'm not sure if it's feasible. Has anyone had this
problem that could offer any advice/ideas?
Now the buyer knows, dont offer anything off and see what happens at 20
yrs they may really want a 94.5% VS DC , new 600$ air filter,
variable humidifier and all. Unplug the line yourself, strap up the
ducts if you can, and see what happens.
This is Turtle.
First here your fixing what the buyer is not awear of or has not stated is a
problem. The Buy would only want what their inspector found wrong and your off
to the races on a completely new system race. You need to slow down here and
just fix what the buyer's inspector stated that was a problem.
1) Sagging duct work. Your man looked it over and fix it with a little flip or
two or it was not a problem by his inspestion.
2) Some insulation on the pipes of the freon or the duct work. Have your man fix
any duct work problem if any and report your man took care of it.
3) Plugged up condensate line. Have your man clean the drains out and run bleach
through them and just clean them out good.
Look Just fix what the buyer's inspector stated that was a problem and tell your
HVAC man who wants to sell you a new air handler to kiss off. Just fix what your
told is a problem by the buyer's inspector and move on. Don't make a mountian
out of a mole hill.
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