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What to Look for in a Great AC Maintenance Plan


What’s the point of a maintenance plan if you’re not going to get a few perks out of it as well? Sure, maintenance is absolutely essential when it comes to air conditioning, but no contractor just stops there. Nobody likes paying for just maintenance since paying to prevent problems doesn’t feel nearly as good as paying for something tangible. That’s why the best companies—companies like ours—offer unique benefits to their maintenance plan, to ensure that you don’t feel like you’re getting stiffed.

In this post, we’ll talk about what we believe should be included in every maintenance plan in the most unbiased way we can! Regardless of who you choose to perform AC maintenance in Cary, NC, feel free to take our checklist and ask every service professional whether or not their maintenance plan includes the following information. Make sure you get your money’s worth when it comes to air conditioner maintenance!

Addressing Problems Before They Happen

The most important reason for having a maintenance program for your air conditioning system is to prevent problems before they arise. All of the following points we’re listing that you should look for in your maintenance plan are meant to curb problems to avoid emergency repairs.

That being said, there’s no rule that says you can’t get some extra benefits from a great maintenance plan.

  • Maintenance visits per year. Ideally, you’ll want one cleaning and tune-up visit per year for each system you have (heating and cooling). Anything less than this is usually unacceptable.
  • Discounts on repairs. This is a big one. Since a maintenance plan makes it easier for a service professional to find an issue early, it makes their job easier. So it’s fairly normal for a maintenance plan to offer a discount on repairs.
  • Priority Service. If you’re paying for a maintenance plan, you might still encounter emergency repairs. That’s why priority service can be extremely helpful to know that you’re in good hands even when preventative maintenance doesn’t work.
  • Parts Warranty. Warranties can be extremely helpful with cost savings when it comes to your AC system. Nobody likes replacing an HVAC part that broke down after it was just installed, which is why a warranty can make sure it gets replaced without you having to pay for a brand-new one.

These are the big four that you’ll want to keep an eye out for when signing up with an HVAC contractor. Without one of these in your maintenance plan, you’ll be at a severe disadvantage and honestly might be paying for a service that isn’t covering all that it should.

Is It Too Late for AC Maintenance?

Now that we’re winding down the cooling season, is it too late to receive AC maintenance? Well, kind of. If there are serious AC repairs needed on your system, then get the repairs no matter what. However, routine AC maintenance is usually best done in the spring.

So, no need to worry about signing up for a plan now—with the winter coming up, you’ve got more important things to worry about. Make sure when springtime rolls around that you’re covered by a maintenance plan that works, and you schedule a tune-up so you’re ready for the summer to come.

If you’re interested in our quality maintenance plan, contact Raleigh Heating & Air today!

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