It’s easy to take indoor comfort for granted. As long as our Arizona homes are cool in summer and warm in winter, it’s all good. But when something disturbs the reliable flow of heated or cooled air, life comes to a standstill. The easiest way to keep heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners in good condition is to have them cleaned and inspected every year by a certified heating and cooling technician.
Annual HVAC Maintenance Equals Optimal HVAC Performance
You’ve probably heard over and over that you should be considering a maintenance agreement for your home HVAC system in South Jersey. But honestly speaking, it’s hard to get anyone to do much of anything if you don’t explain why it’s important! Why do you need a maintenance plan? What does it do for you? Well, at McAllister, we never want you to be in the dark about our services. So let’s have a chat!
Air conditioners should be cleaned and inspected every spring; heaters should be cleaned and inspected every fall.Although HVAC service agreements involve a commitment, most of them come with perks and benefits that make the commitment worthwhile.
Ready to gain the benefits of a Air Pros maintenance agreement? Contact our certified HVAC team today to get started!
Maintenance Service vs. a Service contract
First, let’s differentiate between a regular maintenance service and an contract. A maintenance service is a one-time call in for tune-ups and cleaning for HVAC systems. They spruce your HVAC system up, improving performance, maximizing energy-efficiency and lowering costs, and ensuring you get a long, healthy lifespan out of your heating and cooling.
A service contract is also all of these things. It’s just more long-term. Service contracts are plans and contracts for routine service. They can be pursued yearly, or you can go for a longer contract as you choose. But that’s not all a maintenance agreement is.
With maintenance agreements you get all of the service of a maintenance visit, plus you also get discounts, priority service, routine services, and even cuts on labor costs.
Why Is a Service Contrcat the Best Choice?
It can all be summed up in one very important word: consistency. A one-off service is certainly better than nothing, but the true benefits of maintenance services come via consistency. With each optimization, cleaning, and inspection your system becomes more efficient and more reliable. More consistent, if you will.
There are also benefits to you personally as well, since you won’t have to manually keep track of when your last visit was, and potentially wait too long (losing you many of those benefits). In addition maintenance agreements tend to cost far less than single visits, meaning you get some savings in efficiency, repairs, and in overall service costs.
And of course there’s a benefit to consistency for us as well. Not only do we know we were the last team to work with your system (and thus know what needs doing the most), but consistent business is just better overall.
How Often do Systems Need Maintenance?
It depends a bit on the system in question. And air conditioner, just your standard central setup, typically needs service once a year; best done in the spring. A heat pump, however, needs service twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, for heating and cooling both. This is another reason why a maintenance plan is better overall.
Benefits of HVAC Scheduled Service Contract
Service agreements can save you time and money on annual HVAC inspections. Some plans come with discounts on HVAC repairs and installations that may be required in between maintenance visits. Here are some additional benefits that may be included in an HVAC service agreement:
- Scheduled service reminders. Just before the seasons change, HVAC contractors are very busy providing annual maintenance for heating and cooling systems. With a maintenance plan, you’ll be notified in advance to schedule service just before the rush. That way, you can be sure that your heater or air conditioner will be good to go for the season ahead.
- Maintenance documentation. When your HVAC systems receive annual maintenance, your HVAC contractor will provide you with documentation to show that your heating and cooling systems have been cleaned and inspected. Annual maintenance may be necessary to keep equipment warranties valid. It also demonstrates that you have had your heating and cooling systems serviced every year in the event that you decide to sell your property.
- Priority service. Many HVAC maintenance plans entitle you to priority service should your heater or air conditioner need repair or replacement. Depending on your maintenance contract, you may also receive preferential treatment in the event of an HVAC emergency.
- Discounted pricing. Many service agreements come with additional perks, cost savings, and discounts as well. Depending on the company in question and the plan offered you can get reduced prices on parts and labor, as well as new technology and needed repair services.
- Longer equipment lifespan. Heating and cooling systems work around the clock to provide a comfortable indoor environment. Expecting your furnace, air conditioner or heat pump to work that hard without annual maintenance is like expecting your automobile to remain in good condition without regular oil changes and maintenance. A maintenance agreement that ensures annual service can extend the life of your HVAC by up to 50 percent. The better you care for your HVAC, the longer it will last and the better it will care for you.
- Energy-efficient performance. While skipping HVAC maintenance might not seem to have any immediate adverse effects, it does effect HVAC performance over time. When your heat pump, furnace or air conditioner is in optimal performance mode, it operates more efficiently. The more efficiently it operates, the less energy it will consume and the lower your utility bills will be.
- Correction of problems and potential issues before they escalate. With a service contract, you are not likely to skip annual HVAC maintenance. During tuneups and inspections, your technician can identify any potential problems and correct them before they become serious and costly.
So Why Doesn’t Everyone Get a Maintenance Agreement?
We don’t know! Maybe it’s a commitment issue. But honestly much of the time it’s probably just a lack of information on the topic. Maybe you’ve never heard of a maintenance agreement. And that’s why we’re talking about it today!
When you choose a maintenance agreement, you get a stronger, more efficient HVAC system. And one that is far less prone to breakdowns, which is a huge boon unto itself. It’s the best way for our team to directly impact your comfort in a very positive way, which is why we place so much importance on it.
Call Air Pros today to sign up for a service contract to ensure your AC stays running and lasts!
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