If there’s one thing every homeowner wants to avoid, it’s another annual expense. In addition to all the essential costs of running a home—phones, utilities, cable/internet, and other routine monthly costs—there’s a long list of things that have to be taken care of periodically. This includes things like window washing, carpet cleaning and roof repairs.
It also includes—or should include—preventative maintenance for your furnace, air conditioner and other HVAC appliances.
This may not seem like good news, considering the long list of homeowner expenses you already have. But HVAC preventative maintenance is something that shouldn’t be ignored. The consequences of doing so can be very expensive in the long run.
How Preventative Maintenance Works
Usually, a qualified professional will come to your home at a schedule date and time and conduct a thorough inspection of your HVAC systems. This includes a specific list of diagnostic tests and performance optimizations. Some companies offer long-term preventative maintenance plans in which your system will be tuned up every six months, or ever year. It’s also possible to pay for a single visit as needed.
The Benefits of Preventative Maintenance
Perhaps the biggest benefit is that your HVAC systems will ultimately last longer. Getting more years out of your existing system is a surefire way to cut your overall HVAC costs over the long haul.
There’s also the benefit of higher efficiency, which means lower energy bills during the cold and hot months. The cost of preventative maintenance is commonly offset, and then some, during a single season of energy savings.
Other benefits include:
Greater comfort at home due to better HVAC performance
The ability to stop minor problems from turning into major repairs
A more environmentally friendly home environment due to higher efficiency
The Cost of Preventative Maintenance
It’s always best to contact a number of qualified HVAC specialists in your area for a detailed price comparison. Also, the cost-per-visit may decrease if you enter into a maintenance agreement. Costs of around $100 per maintenance visit are common. Annual contracts often land anywhere from $150 to $400 for more frequent visits or complicated HVAC systems. Always be aware of your system’s age, and whether anything is under warranty from the manufacturer. If so, a preventative maintenance packages may actually be counterproductive.
How to Move Forward
If you paid an HVAC company to install your appliances, they may have included a certain amount of preventative maintenance in your contract. If you’re not sure, it doesn’t hurt to check.
Otherwise, preventative maintenance will incur a fee. The good news is, it’s generally not a high amount, and the energy savings from having your furnace and/or air conditioner checked and tuned up will often be greater than the annual cost of the maintenance. Plus there’s the fact that your systems will have longer lifespans.
Research qualified HVAC specialists in your area to price out preventative maintenance plans. Most reputable companies will provide free quotes. That way, you know exactly how much it’s going to cost, whether you’re taking out a contract for regular preventative maintenance, or paying for a single visit. Your HVAC systems will thank you for it, and so will your wallet.
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