Most people don’t think a lot about their heater until there’s a problem. Once that happens, then you need to find a repair company and the money to pay them. A service contract can make both those things a lot easier.
Think of a service contract for your heater like a yearly subscription. By paying the subscription fee, you’re guaranteed to get the service you need when you need it.
Service contracts for heaters usually run anywhere from $100 to $500 a year. Different packages cover different services. That means you can work with your service provider to find a contract that meets your specific needs.
But are they worth the money? If you choose the right one for you, then the answer is yes. Those monthly investments can lead to savings big and small throughout the year. In an area like Rochester, it's also important to have the peace of mind knowing your equipment is ready to get the job done during the cold winter months.
Here are some ways a service contract for heaters saves you money:
With a service contract, you know your heater will work efficiently when it’s time to turn it on. That’s because an important part of any service contract is regular maintenance for your heater. It should include an inspection in the fall, right as the weather starts getting cold.
With an inspection, also called servicing or a tune-up, a technician goes through your entire heating system. They clean all the components and keep an eye out for worn down or broken parts. Keeping your heater in good shape helps it run more efficiently and last longer.
That means lower energy bills, for starters. When there are no blockages or broken components, heat can travel freely through the system. If it’s getting backed up somewhere,the system has to run harder, taking more energy — and a higher bill — to keep your house warm.
An inspection usually costs between $50 and $100. That price is included in a service contract. That makes it quick and easy to schedule. You don’t need to suddenly set money aside and scramble to find a contractor to come out for it.
Keeping your heater in good shape means more than just changing the air filter every few months. A heater has dozens of working parts, big and small. All those components need to be in good condition.
With a service contract, you can be sure they’re all working properly. That means vacuuming the dust out the system, checking the belts for wear and tear, lubricating the blower motor and more. When you check these regularly, you can repair small problems before they become big, costly ones.
If you’re a do-it-yourself kind of person, you may be able to do some of these on your own. However, if you’re not that handy, or don’t have the time, it’s important to get it done regularly. And, even if you’re willing to go in and check yourself, you’ll probably still need to bring in a professional for repairs.
That’s where the service contract comes in. Just about all contracts include regular heater maintenance. You can also get levels of service that cover the costs of basic repairs and certain parts. It’s also quick and easy to get it done when you’ve already set aside the money and have a contractor ready to go.
Priority and after-hours service are important parts of service contracts for heaters. In Rochester we have especially cold winters, and you NEED to have your heat on once the temperatures drop. A service contract can go a long way toward saving you money in these situations.
Even with regular maintenance, there are plenty of ways for a heater to break down. It could be something as simple as the electric ignition not firing. That prevents the pilot light from going on.
Or, it could be something bigger, like a fan belt snapping or a motor burning out. While regular heater maintenance will make those parts last long, inevitably they will break down. What matters is the timing. Parts are more likely to break during heavy use. That means you’re more likely to need a repair in the winter time. And, you may need the work done after normal business hours or on the weekends.
Off-hour repairs can cost more than regular calls. Your HVAC company may already also have a backlog of work. That means paying for priority service if you absolutely can’t go without your heater.
A service contract can prevent that headache and those extra costs. You can get a contract with priority service and off-hour calls included in it. That means not paying extra for those services when you need them the most.
If you have any questions about Service Contracts, or any aspect of your home comfort, please give us a call at (585) 641-3080.