The Pros and Cons of HVAC Maintenance Plans

For older HVAC units, repairs can be a frequent requirement. Over time, the cost of these repairs adds up, becoming less and less practical compared to the cost of having new equipment installed. One alternative is to sign up for a maintenance agreement from your local HVAC company, which could cover either minor repairs or heavily discounted prices on parts and labor as part of the deal, depending on the plan. Moreover, the routine inspections and tune-ups that these programs provide can extend the life of your unit and help you get a few more years of life out of it.

But are service agreements truly worth their price? We let our HVAC professionals at Countryside explore some of the benefits and drawbacks of these plans to help you arrive at a well-informed decision.

Routine Maintenance

Most maintenance plans include one or two service visits per year from your HVAC contractor. The extent of the services included can vary, but in general a full inspection and tune-up of your equipment is included. This is especially useful in systems that are prone to common but costly problems like Freon leaks. Additionally, getting your heating and cooling system in good shape before seasonal temperature changes also works wonders for its energy efficiency and performance.

Balancing Costs and Value

Service agreements must be taken on a case-by-case basis. Ultimately, the decision is yours to make based on your heating and air conditioning needs. Consider, for example, how often your system breaks down and how much power it consumes when running at normal daily levels. For older models, it may be worth it to pay a monthly coverage fee if it means putting off purchasing a new air conditioner or furnace for another year or two.

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At Countryside, we’re your leading provider of HVAC repairs, installation and maintenance services.  Call us at (715) 245-5393 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a service visit from one of our professionals today.