From our friends at T-Square Properties
Cost, convenience, and control are three things you want in your home’s HVAC maintenance. You want the cost of managing the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems to be affordable. You also want to avoid unexpected breakdowns and you want to be able to deal with issues at your convenience.
If you get a handle on cost and find a way to do maintenance according to your own schedule, you have gained the third criteria, control. But achieving this level of HVAC maintenance requires a time commitment and technical know-how that most homeowners simply do not have, T-Square Properties explains.
Air conditioners must be inspected before summer and heating systems checked every fall. In between, minor issues, which happen without warning, must be given attention to keep them from becoming major problems.
It is usually the failure to do these important tasks in a timely fashion that causes most homeowner’s HVAC maintenance problems. The question is how can you gain control of HVAC maintenance to make it affordable and convenient?
Finding an effective way to manage your HVAC is not hard. The recommended way to deal with this problem is through an HVAC maintenance agreement. This solution is the best way to get the most out of your HVAC systems.
What is an HVAC maintenance agreement?
It is a contract with an HVAC maintenance company that transfers the responsibility for staying up to date with HVAC maintenance from you to the company. Instead of waiting until you have a problem with the HVAC before you hire a technician, the company works to keep the system from breaking down at all.
In all probability, you have an HVAC technician available that you can contact whenever your system has issues. But an HVAC maintenance plan is different from this type of arrangement. That is because your current HVAC technician does not really work for you. The technician is able to do your work subject to their availability and this can be a problem.
It is the ad hoc nature of your HVAC maintenance approach that is responsible for many of your HVAC problems. But with an HVAC maintenance agreement, many of your HVAC problems are automatically resolved by the maintenance plan the company implements. What are the tangible benefits of having an HVAC maintenance agreement?
Good reasons to have an HVAC maintenance agreement
- Timely service
The service company ensures the HVAC is maintained according to the right schedule. Since this is all the company does (unlike you, who may be caught up in doing other things, and forget), there is no chance of HVAC maintenance being overlooked. The result is you are able to maximize the performance of your home’s HVAC.
- Protect HVAC warranties
With an HVAC maintenance agreement, you do not have to worry about the warranty on your HVAC being voided. Firstly, the HVAC maintenance company is recognized by the HVAC manufacturer as a professional HVAC service. Secondly, the service company will keep detailed records to show that your HVAC is being cleaned and inspected as required by the manufacturer.
- Preferential treatment
HVAC maintenance companies give priority to customers who have a service contract with them. This is important for those times when there is high demand for the company’s service. The company will move homeowners with a service contract up the queue. The company will also give customers with service contracts priority in the supply of critical HVAC components if these components are scarce.
- On-demand service
If you suffer an HVAC emergency in the dead of night, on a holiday, or during inclement weather, the company will come out to fix the problem at a regular rate. Without an HVAC service agreement, you may be stuck without cooling or heating for hours. If you manage to get hold of an HVAC technician, you may have to pay twice the normal rate for the service.
- Lower prices
HVAC maintenance companies get bulk discounts from manufacturers of HVAC spare parts and disposables. They will pass these discounts on to their most loyal customers because they know they are assured of those customers’ business for the foreseeable future. An HVAC maintenance agreement will let you save money on important HVAC supplies.
- Fewer breakdowns and longer equipment lifespan
The overall effect of timely oil changes, filter replacements, and other essential services is you will have fewer problems with the HVAC. Proper maintenance can extend the life of the equipment and its components by as much as 50%. You will not need to replace the HVAC as soon as you would have if you did not have a maintenance contract.
- Lower energy costs
HVAC systems use up more energy as they lose their efficiency; the system has to work harder to achieve the required level of cooling or heating. This increases the amount of gas or electricity used up by the HVAC. A maintenance agreement improves the system’s overall performance; this can significantly lower your home’s energy bills.