Before you sign any HVAC service agreements, there are some basics you need to consider. All hvac systems require some routine maintenance. If you are willing and able to do it yourself, you can save a lot of money. If you cannot remember to do the scheduled maintenance or cannot physically do the work, a plan may be right for you. There are many names for these agreements such as hvac maintenance contracts, service agreements, and comfort plans.But, they are all basically the same thing. Most of them omit the word "contract" but that is what they are.
A win-win solution?
These contracts have two main purposes. First, for the hvac dealer, they provide income during the slow times. In the hvac service industry, business slows down in the more mild months such as Fall and Spring. During these times, the dealer still has the same business expenses but usually less income. Therefore, by offering service contracts, they can increase their income during the slow periods.
The other purpose is to ensure that preventive maintenance is performed on the equipment. A clean hvac unit has fewer repair calls than one that is not maintained. Manufacturers require a minimum amount of service to their systems. This is to ensure that the parts last as long as possible which saves them money. Also, a clean hvac unit operates more efficiently and saves you money on your utility bills.
Types of plans...
HVAC service agreements usually start with a basic plan. This usually includes an ac unit checkup and a furnace checkup. These usually only cover the labor costs associated with performing the routine service. Any worn parts or consumables (such as the air filter) are usually extra. The next level of coverage usually includes the checkups, no charge for repair parts during the checks, and priority service. During a heatwave or major cold snap, hvac service companies get very busy and most cannot keep up with the volume of repair calls. The "priority service" is sorta like a guarantee that they will get to you on the same day that you call for service.
Contact the pros at Sandler Heating and Air Conditioning and let them help you figure out what plan is best for you and your system.