When having a repair on an old HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system or installing a new one, you may be offered an extended HVAC maintenance or service agreement. An HVAC service contract can be a blessing or a waste of money if you don’t know what it covers. This article will help you make an informed and wise choice about an HVAC maintenance agreement.
What is an HVAC service agreement?
An HVAC service agreement is a contract between you and an HVAC service provider where you pay a fee for ongoing maintenance on your HVAC system. The core services offered includes tune-up and check-up on your air conditioning system before summer and the heating system at the start of winter. Other agreements can include emergency services; some include parts and service for problems found during the checkups.
Types of HVAC plans
HVAC service agreement come in three different programs.
- The basic plan includes check ups on the furnace and air conditioning unit checkup. It usually covers the labor costs associated with the routine HVAC service, but not any parts that need to be replaced.
- The next level often includes the same as the basic plan but adds the cost of parts during a checkup and priority services. “Priority services” is a guarantee they give to you when they are busy. The priority service assures you service the same day when you call for service.
- The top level of HVAC service agreement includes checkups, parts during check up, priority service and no charge emergency service. It doesn’t have any surprise expenses, meaning it can be useful if you are on a budget.
Benefits of HVAC service agreement
After signing the services agreement, you will get an annual tune-up for your system. The technician will be able to spot problems with your system, change dirty filters and improve your HVAC energy efficiency. The HVAC service agreement makes the maintenance work more affordable than hiring a technician every time your system needs a fix.
Is HVAC service maintenance right for me?
An HVAC service agreement offers a win-win situation. It provides income for HVAC dealers during low season and on the other hand ensure clients get preventive maintenance service on the HVAC systems. With the maintenance service, you get a clean system that operates more efficiently and saves you on utility bills.
If you are a person who stays on top of calling for check-ups and possibly doing some maintenance yourself, you may not need a service contract. For those who want the peace of mind that the maintenance is being done each year and like having that expense budgeted out over the whole year, then a service contract is for you.
HVAC service agreements cost between $150 and $500, but make sure you do your research before signing any contract.
For more information, contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.