We've been in our house for 6 months now. The house is becoming ours more and more every day. I have painted two of the three kids rooms now and plan on painting the other and both kids bathrooms. We love our new house but we have come to realize that even though we go a terrific deal on our house because it sat on the market for a year we are now beginning to experience problems from it sitting so long.
Within the last 3 weeks both air conditioning units and the water heater have stopped working. Thank goodness we had the foresight to ask for the previous owner to purchase a home warranty in our name. The both a/c units were out of freon and the downstairs unit had to have a new compressor put into it. It was under manufacture warranty so the part is having to be ordered from the manufacturer. We have been without a/c for 3 weeks now. The rest of that story is a long one so I am not getting into it.
So not only did the a/c stop working but we are now without hot water as well. On Sunday we realized that something was wrong so I call the home warranty people once more and requested a plumber. The plumber arrived Monday evening and said the water heater was shot and we needed a new one. He arrived Tuesday morning installed a new water heater and left thinking it would work. Well, it didn't work. I called yesterday to let them know and he arrived this morning to fix a Brand new heater. The heating elements were already corroded and had to be replaced. It was working, he thought, when he left. I went to take a shower and only had 10 minutes of hot water. We have a 80 gallon hot water heater. I called the plumber back and am now waiting on word of what he will be doing next. Our plumber is a great guy and is doing everything he can to help us out. I just hope the situation is solved soon. So this is our lesson, be prepared for lots of problems when a house is on the market empty for a long period of time. This is something both techs have said when they have arrived that it is hard on these units to sit unused for long periods of time.