When you install a new heating or air conditioning system, the company you choose may offer you an extended HVAC service contract.
These agreements can be useful, but it’s a mistake to think that they’re all cut from the same mold. In this week’s blog post, we’ll take a closer look at how an HVAC service agreement works, and what to look for when choosing one.
What is an HVAC service contract?
These contracts are agreements between you and an HVAC company in which you agree to pay a fixed fee in exchange for guaranteed ongoing service for your heating and air conditioning system.
In most cases, a basic service contract includes a basic check-up on your air conditioning before summer comes, and on your heater before the start of winter. Other contracts might include parts and service for any problems the technician uncovers during the check-up, as well as emergency service.
Some contracts will include priority treatment, which can be useful if your HVAC system fails in the middle of a heat wave or during a record cold winter. But as you might expect, the more features you add to a service contract, the more it will cost.
What are the benefits of a service contract?
Purchasing an HVAC service agreement guarantees you’ll be able to give your heating and cooling system an annual check-up. This can make your home more energy efficient, and allow you to spot small issues before they morph into big – and expensive – problems.
When looking at these agreements, it’s important to do research first. Find out the cost of routine maintenance on your system, and see how that compares to the price of the service contract.
There may be some routine maintenance you can do on your own, but keep in mind that serious repairs – especially those involving gas, electricity or refrigerant chemicals – should be left to a professional.
Find out if the contract includes emergency service. And be sure read the fine print of the contract, to make sure you know what actions could render the contract nullified.
At All Seasons Comfort Control, we offer four levels of HVAC service: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Although each level is different, all four offer these benefits:
- We’ll check your system to make sure it’s operating correctly and perform a general inspection.
- We’ll check the thermostat for proper calibration, test and clean the blower, and clean, flush and inspect all condensate lines and pipes.
- We’ll clean the system and its accessories of dust, dirt and debris, check for and sale any air leaks, and make sure flue pipes are properly sealed.
- We’ll make sure burner assembly, heat exchanger and ignition source are functional, and inspect and test system controls.
- We’ll check combustion draft motors, gas valve operations, furnace protection devices, and test refrigerant pressures.
- We’ll look for gas leaks, check carbon monoxide levels in your home and test your CO detectors.
The higher level of service you choose, the more features your contract will include. Contact All Seasons today to learn more about each level of our agreements to decide which one is right for your home.