Are HVAC Maintenance Agreements Really Worth the Cost?

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Even the best heating and cooling systems require regular maintenance to operate well. With proper maintenance, new HVAC systems can last an average of 12-15 years.

One of the heating and air conditioning services many HVAC contractors provide is a maintenance agreement. These heating and air conditioning service contracts allow you to pay a set fee for the company to provide ongoing maintenance, checkups and tuneups on a regular basis. You could receive a checkup at the start of the winner and summer season, or just once a year.

Different contracts include different heating and air conditioning services. Some may include replacement parts and repair service for issues found during a routine checkup. You might even be able to get emergency services covered in your contract, but each service will cost you more. Is it worth the cost?

Advantages of an HVAC Service Contract

When you have a service contract, you’re less likely to forget or put off your annual tune-up. Getting a tune-up every year can make your system more energy efficient, improve your indoor air quality, and in general make your system run more affordably. Your technician will spot any small issues before they can develop into more expensive repairs.

Disadvantages of an HVAC Service Contract

Depending on how many services you invest in, a contract can cost you from $150-$500 a year. For a new system that has a long life ahead of it and a warranty, this might not be worth the cost. But some manufacturers will require routine maintenance as a condition of the warranty. Your service agreement could also end up costing more than the individual repairs you require, so you should balance out what you think you’ll actually need.

Still, if you can find a reputable company that provides great services in their contract for a reasonable cost, getting a maintenance agreement might not be such a bad idea. See this link for more references.

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