Can’t keep the ac on

My fiance and I thought we had really lucked out with our first house! We were certainly picky, as we were trying to avoid buying a major fixer upper. We still had a small budget that the we certainly could not go over. So when the we found a home built in the last several years that was just within our price range, we thought the we had won the lottery. The roof was in excellent shape, the plumbing was still sound, and the house had begun to settle but presented no major complications. The only complications looked minor–window gaskets, door sealing, all the little things we expected in a home that had been owned by the same family for several years. After our first month in the house, we got our first utility bill–we could not believe how high it was! We hadn’t even noticed the A/C was cycling so much. But come to think of it, the HVAC  was never really quiet. We called a HVAC repair provider to come out and look over system, and it doesn’t look good. Though we changed the air filter our first day in the house, there was already gross buildup in the ductwork from the previous owner, however not only is the ductwork dirty, but there are large gaps in the system that need to be repaired. Now the we have to pay for an intensive duct sealing and duct cleaning. So much for buying a new house and avoiding major complications! If the we had bought an older home, we could have bought a house without forced air.

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