When it comes to heating and cooling your home, there are many things to consider beyond turning the thermostat up or down. In the same way that your vehicle needs an oil change, tire rotation, and belt changes on a regular basis, your heating and cooling system needs attention after frequent use throughout the seasons. That’s where an HVAC maintenance contract can help. By maintaining a regular maintenance schedule you’ll keep your HVAC system in perfect running order all year round.
What is an HVAC maintenance contract?
HVAC is an abbreviation for heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning. When it comes to your home or business, it refers to the complete heating system during the cold Capital District winter months and cooling system during the New York summer heat. In addition, HVAC components help improving indoor air quality through ventilation. Components of an HVAC system include all the various types of mechanical and electrical equipment, instruments and controls installed separately or together that regulate the indoor climate of a space. For example, depending on your HVAC system, components include elements such as the furnace, condenser, ducts, evaporator coils, water pumps, as well as many more.
Therefore, an HVAC maintenance contract is an agreement between a home or business owner and an HVAC professional that, when performed by a reputable contractor, ensures all components remain in great working condition throughout the year on all HVAC systems included in the plan. Plus, HVAC contracts help take a proactive approach and identify issues before they become problems during the seasonal inspections. Finally, the best HVAC maintenance contracts also include items such as priority service and discounts on repair or replacement work.
What are the benefits of an HVAC maintenance contract?
Choosing an HVAC maintenance contract makes regular maintenance more affordable while helping homeowners ensure their HVAC systems are running smoothly year-round. In fact, regular maintenance increases system efficiency which will save you money on heating and cooling costs throughout the year. Furthermore, finding and correcting issues early on can limit damage to your home and save on costly repairs. Selecting a qualified HVAC company to inspect your HVAC system throughout the year can identify and resolve problems before they escalate into expensive repairs or full replacements. The bottom line is, HVAC service plans can be a great value, but you should make sure you choose a trustworthy contractor.
Extends the lifespan of heating and cooling systems while keeping warranties intact
HVAC maintenance contracts ensure your systems are regularly inspected and always running at peak, trouble-free efficiency. For this reason, the likelihood of your system failing due the wear and tear of various components is greatly reduced. Equally important, recognizing issues early on prevents a system breakdown making your equipment last longer.
It should also be noted, the warranty on your new or replaced HVAC unit may only be valid if you can show evidence of regular maintenance. As mentioned before, manufacturers require servicing of your HVAC equipment in the same way a car maker requires a scheduled maintenance plan to keep your vehicle running as smoothly as possible. In the absence of routine maintenance, problems can multiply and void any warranties in place when installed.
Provides peace of mind
First and foremost, you want to make sure you are keeping your family healthy by keeping the air in your home clean. As stated by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), a national trade association fostering the interests of HVAC contracting businesses,
“For the public good, it is essential that residential Heating Ventilating and Air-conditioning (HVAC) systems support a comfortable, healthy indoor environment and operate efficiently throughout its lifecycle.”
With this in mind, it’s possible filters in heating and cooling systems can become clogged and dirty without proper maintenance. Not only will a clogged HVAC filter work harder to produce ideal temperatures, it may also spread unfiltered air throughout your home. At the same time, there is also the peace of mind that comes from having a trained technician with an experienced eye do regular inspections and knowing maintenance will be performed on schedule without having to remember when or who to call when maintenance is due.
Makes you a priority
When you sign up for an HVAC maintenance contract, you are considered a priority customer who gets to “skip the line” in the event of an emergency or if you are in need of a repair. When it’s the middle of winter at 2 a.m. and your heat unexpectedly stops working, you will be happy you have someone to call who values you as a customer and won’t charge you exorbitant fees to quickly get your system up and running again.
What is included in a HVAC maintenance contract?
A maintenance contract should include a yearly service for all of the HVAC systems on the plan. The basic components of an annual HVAC service should include:
- Comprehensive safety inspection
- Precision tune-up
- Cleaning or replacement of filters and system parts
- Lubrication of all moving parts
In addition, a truly value-added plan from a trustworthy contractor will include:
- Discounts on repairs
- Priority, same day service
- No overtime charges
- 24 hour emergency services
- Automatic maintenance reminders
How do you choose the right HVAC maintenance contact for your home?
Don’t go on costs alone
There are many factors that affect HVAC maintenance contract pricing. HVAC maintenance plan pricing will depend on things like the types of systems you have, the number of systems on the plan, the number of yearly visits, and tasks being completed, to name a few. Some companies may cut corners and offer an inexpensive plan to attract your business that doesn’t actually cover all suggested or required maintenance. Paying a company to come out and simply change a filter isn’t going to help your system work better nor save you any money. The lowest priced plans will also most likely not have any additional perks like priority service in the event of an emergency and reduced rates for service calls and repairs. If a price on an HVAC service contract seems suspiciously low, there is probably a reason why, so buyer beware.
Do your homework
First, to ensure you are getting a good value out of a HVAC maintenance plan that will benefit you and your HVAC systems, is choosing the right HVAC company. Make sure the company you are hiring is reputable and the technicians have been carefully trained. A reputable HVAC company should be licensed, bonded, and insured in the states they are performing HVAC services. Second, ask about safety checks performed during your yearly maintenance visits to assure you, your family and your home will be safe and sound. Equally important, make sure you understand all the services performed during the maintenance process and if there are any additional costs involved. Lastly, research the value-added items included in the plan like priority service and emergency visit benefits.
A.Johnson Heating, Cooling and Plumbing offers homeowners throughout the Capital District with a comprehensive HVAC maintenance program. Our plan includes precision tune-ups, cleaning, lubrication and inspection. As a result, you’ll improve the safety of your home and experience lower utility bills, improved reliability, longer equipment life, discounts on repair or replacement work, along with priority same day service. To learn more, contact A.Johnson today!