HVAC Maintenance Contracts can Save You Money

If you are dedicated to ensuring your heating and cooling systems remain in top condition year after year, you probably have an HVAC contractor perform an annual systems check to make sure they are in peak condition for optimum performance. Most companies will be glad to schedule your annual visit when you call while others can offer an annual contract, at an established price, that can actually save you money.

An HVAC contractor that offers annual contracts knows they are going to have a service call and won’t be waiting around hoping someone calls to put their technicians to work. This guaranteed call ensures you that they won’t be too busy to check out your systems and the trade-off is a lower price for the call. The contract will call for specific checks their technician will make as well as specific duties they will perform at a guaranteed price.

While the contract is meant to save you money, understand that any parts not included in the contract will be charged extra. The services and parts allowance provided in an annual contract will vary by the type of equipment in your home, as well as by the HVAC contractor you use. There are also usually different levels of contracts available with more services requiring a higher annual fee. The benefit is knowing how much it is going to cost for your annual check-up.

For example, a service contract for a gas furnace will typically include the annual inspection as well as preventive maintenance and includes labor and limited parts such as the thermocouple and possibly filters. Items typically not covered include break downs in the heat exchanger, burners as well as the combustion chamber. Many of these contracts may include accessories that are attached to your furnace such as a humidifier or air cleaner, providing for annual cleaning but usually do not cover parts for these items.

Air conditioner contracts will usually cover labor for annual cleaning and preventive maintenance but rarely include the compressor. If additional devices are connected to your air conditioner or ductwork, they are usually included in the contract. You may need a separate contract for some of the devices, but if you can obtain a contract that bundles pre-season inspection and maintenance on your furnace and air conditioner, as well as add-on devices, you could save a lot of money.

Annual contracts are available for a variety of units such as heat pumps, oil furnaces, oil burners and gas-fired boilers. What is included in the contract will depend on the HVAC contractor with which you contract. Various types of air conditioning units are also eligible for annual contract rates that are typically less expensive than making a phone call and scheduling an annual check-up.

While most companies have standard contracts that detail what is covered, you can negotiate with many of them to include additional services. Not covered in most air conditioning contracts are Freon, cleaning of the indoor coils that may require reclaiming the Freon and inspection and repair of indoor ductwork.

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Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California

I absolutely agree that it is essential that people have their HVAC system maintained on a regular basis. It saves money in the long run!

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Better Yourself 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Deborah-Diane! It is nice to have that relationship with a HVAC contractor who will take good care of you - Always better safe than sorry :)

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