The weather does not write you a warning letter to inform you of what it is going to do next. It simply ramps up the heat level or dumps loads of snow on your home. But this is usually not a problem if you have an HVAC system capable of handling whatever the weather throws at it. All you have to do is fire up the system and hole up in your comfortable home.
But what happens when you hit the switch on the HVAC and nothing happens? And you find that there is no heating or cooling. That is the kind of scenario homeowners and tenants want to avoid, especially in the middle of extreme weather. Perhaps the most important quality you want in your HVAC systems is reliability. So when the system fails unexpectedly the disappointment can be intense.
But when dealing with HVAC emergencies, homeowners and landlords often have more than disappointments to think about. They have to worry about how hiring a professional to fix the problem will affect their warranty. But there is a simple way homeowners can avoid this nightmare situation; they can have a standing HVAC maintenance agreement for their home.
What is an HVAC maintenance agreement?
It is a preventative HVAC maintenance plan involving a contract between you and a licensed HVAC professional. The professional performs regular maintenance and repairs on the equipment, as well as, installation of new systems. You, on the other hand, will pay the professional a yearly fee for their services.
What are the advantages of an HVAC maintenance agreement?
1. There is no need to worry about your manufacturer’s warranty
The service company will usually provide a warranty of its own and you do not have to worry about violating the terms of your HVAC manufacturer’s warranty. If any parts that are installed by the maintenance company malfunction, they will replace them at no cost.
2. They will help you stay on schedule
Homeowners, as well as property owners, says Archer Management, often have to juggle many responsibilities in addition to maintaining the various systems in the home. It is not uncommon for them to fall behind with maintenance. Failing to maintain the HVAC on time is one of the main reasons why breakdowns happen. A service company will help you keep to schedule by reminding you when the maintenance is due.
3.Avoid equipment failures
Breakdowns always seem to happen at the most inopportune times. But when the HVAC system is maintained as and when due, the probability of unexpected breakdowns is greatly minimized. Regular maintenance will help catch problems before they become costly repairs. It will also prevent faults that would normally have led to breakdowns.
4. The system lasts longer
HVAC systems are typically expected to last 12-20 years. But very few systems last that long mainly due to excessive wear and tear from inadequate maintenance and frequent breakdowns. An HVAC service agreement ensures that the HVAC system gets the attention it deserves and it functions at its optimum throughout its lifetime.
5. You will spend less on maintenance
Because most breakdowns and repairs done on the HVAC system are avoidable, regular maintenance can help prevent them and reduce the cost spent on maintenance. Moreover, since the service company will not want to be called in to do the same job twice, they will be more thorough with their work.
6. Your energy bill will be lower
Much of the energy consumption by the HVAC system is the result of problems and inefficiencies in the system. Poorly maintained systems work harder to reach their normal level of performance and the harder the system works, the more energy it uses up. The money paid to a maintenance company can be recouped from savings on energy costs.
There is very little chance of a regularly maintained system suddenly malfunctioning. This is because the HVAC system malfunctions do not just happen, they usually develop over time. It is negligence that creates most emergencies but a service contract can eliminate the problems that eventually lead to such emergencies.
8. You get priority service
If the unexpected happens and your HVAC system malfunctions, you can be sure of getting immediate attention from the maintenance company. And if other customers are calling for the company’s services, because you have a service agreement with them, you will be moved to the front of the line.
9.Comprehensive maintenance records
The HVAC maintenance company will keep a detailed maintenance history of your systems. Every tune-up, repair, and parts replacement will be documented and the records will be available to you whenever you need them. This information can come in handy when you want to sell the home or are trying to sort out details with your insurer.
10. Preserves the structures of the home
The HVAC system is essential to maintaining the integrity of the home’s building envelope. Well-maintained HVAC systems will reflect in the condition and performance of the other structures of the home. There will be fewer problems with excessive moisture or humidity. There will also be fewer opportunities for mold or mildew to grow inside the home.