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Extended Warranties vs Maintenance Agreements

Your HVAC system has an extended manufacturer warranty – Why do you need a maintenance agreement??

While new heating and cooling systems usually come with an extended limited warranty, it’s a good idea to supplement that warranty with a more complete maintenance agreement. But why should you pay for a secondary maintenance plan when you already have a warranty?

For the most part, the limited warranty provided by the manufacturer is meant to cover things like faulty parts, abnormal breakdowns or recalls. If your system simply needs to get a checkup because you use it a lot or there is a clog that isn’t caused by the actual furnace or air conditioner, you will likely end up paying the labor cost for the call. So by opting to also have a maintenance plan, this labor cost will either be included in your plan, or you will receive a discounted rate for the labor costs.  Also your potential for the system to break-downs, when you receive regular maintenance checks, will be greatly reduced again saving you money.

Help Your HVAC System Last Longer

Another benefit of a maintenance agreement for your HVAC system is that the system lasts longer when it is regularly maintained. The best maintenance agreements come with unlimited checkups and service visits, any day of the week, any time. So, if you think your system is running poorly, call a professional in to check it out and it won’t cost you anything. The ability to do this will ensure your HVAC system lasts significantly longer than if you were forced to wait until you could afford an extra visit from your repair man.

So, not only do you ensure your system keeps working, you add a lot of valuable years to its lifespan. Imagine how much money you’ll save if your furnace or air conditioner lasts for 20+ years instead of just 10. Any breakdowns after the 10 year mark would require hefty repairs or replacement since your warranty is expired. So, it’s in your best interest to keep your system running smoothly throughout its lifespan.

Ultimately, an HVAC system is only as good as what you put into it. If you’re careful about your investments and are willing to spend a little extra now, you’ll stand to benefit far more in the future from a smoothly operating, efficient heating system.

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