Are HVAC Service Plans Worth It?

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Whether you’re installing a new HVAC system in your home or commercial building, or repairing an existing system, many companies may offer you the option to sign up for a service plan. This service plan or maintenance agreement means that instead of paying for individual checkups, repairs and maintenance, you can pay a flat amount to get all that and more throughout the year. This is especially great for homes in Hawaii, where humidity and heat make our HVAC systems even more important. 

What Is An HVAC Service Plan? 

A service plan or service contract is an agreement between you and your HVAC service company. You’ll pay a set amount, usually monthly or annually, for ongoing and emergency services to your system. These can include cleanings, checkups and regular maintenance, as well as priority service in an emergency. Cost will depend on the type of service plan and level of service. 

What Is Included In An HVAC Service Contract? 

Service plans for your HVAC system will depend on the company completing the work and the type of plan you decide to sign up for. Most plans will cover some or all of the below services. 

  • Labor costs
    Generally, your service plan will cover the costs of labor for planned maintenance checks or scheduled visits. This means regardless of how long the technician is working, you do not need to worry about additional costs. 
  • Regular maintenance
    Most service contracts will cover several regular checkups and maintenance each year. This can include cleaning, changing filters and an annual tune-up. These preventative measures will not only improve the efficiency of your HVAC system, but can help save money in the long term. Having a qualified HVAC technician inspect your system a few times each year means they can identify issues when there are still small and easy to fix, rather than waiting until they damage your system, which can become expensive. 
  • Unplanned repairs
    Even with regular maintenance, parts and equipment can sometimes break or fail. Some service contracts will cover unplanned repairs to your HVAC system, including parts and labor. 
  • Emergency services
    If there is some sort of an emergency, such as a storm, that causes damage to your HVAC system, you want your system back in working order as soon as possible. Some service contracts include emergency services. 
  • Priority service
    In addition to emergency services, some service contracts specify that contract holders get priority service. 

 

Why Should I Buy An HVAC Service Plan?

HVAC service plans may not be for everyone; if you’re used to doing all the maintenance and repairs around your own home, you may prefer to do your own HVAC maintenance as well. However, most people do not have the time or ability to complete this complex work alone or without training. There are some solid reasons to invest in an HVAC service plan with a reputable local company. 

  • You have a large or difficult to manage home
    If you live in a place that has a lot of upkeep, such as a large home or one occupied by a lot of people, completing your own service may not be feasible. Totally understandable! That is why the pros are here to help. 
  • You live in a place that is hard on HVAC units
    Living in Hawaii is beautiful, but the nearly year-round heat means that our AC units are working a lot. When you factor in the added humidity of our area, HVAC units in Hawaii are doing a lot of work. Staying on top of maintenance means you can keep your system running longer and prevent issues (and save money) down the road. 
  • Preventative maintenance
    Completing preventative maintenance on your HVAC system is high priority. This regular maintenance helps prevent problems down the line, which can cost you money and time. A certified technician may also catch issues that could develop into problems in the future while inspecting your HVAC unit; repairing these issues before they become potential problems also helps to save time and money. 
  • Priority service
    In the instance that your HVAC system fails, you want it up and running again as soon as possible. Those customers with an HVAC service plan will be priority customers and will be served first. This could be especially important in the event that many customers are affected at once, for instance, after a storm. 
  • Insure against sizable repairs
    Even with routine maintenance and regular check-ups, HVAC units will eventually wear out and over time, some parts will need to be replaced. Service contracts with HVAC repair companies will cover some of these sizable repairs 
  • Never forget maintenance
    We have all been guilty of going too long between appointments for maintenance, be it an oil change or dental cleaning. Do not worry about forgetting to get your HVAC unit maintained; your service technician will help you remember and schedule appointments when you are registered for a service contract.

 

AIRPRO Indoor Air Solutions

Are you interested in learning more about HVAC service plans? Contact the team at Airpro Solutions today. We’ll walk you through our different plans and help you choose the service that is the best fit for your home.