While the differences between an HVAC maintenance plan and a home warranty may seem small, in actuality, maintenance plans offer much more dependable service and support. Warranties are designed to entice customers into coverage that ends up being masked by red tape. By contrast, maintenance plans allow customers to get routine care for their systems in a hassle free way.
1. Priority Scheduling
When your HVAC system needs repairs, you will most likely have to wait a long time before getting service through your home warranty. In the meantime, your system may not be usable, making the wait extremely cumbersome and inconvenient. With a maintenance plan, you get priority service and can often get service that same day.
2. Trustworthy Service
Repairs done through a home warranty are performed by an outside contractor whom you don’t know. The contractor may overcharge you in order to make a profit above what the repair company is offering, and you don’t get a choice of which repair company to work with. Repairs through HVAC maintenance plans are carried out by a company you already know and trust, so you don’t have to worry about surprises.
3. Discounts on Repairs and Parts
Home warranties often put restrictions on what they’ll cover, and many require their customers to pay a deductible. These tactics allow them to make the largest profit possible at the least expense. By contrast, you can often get discounts on labor and parts through a maintenance plan.
4. HVAC Cleaning and Checkups
Regular cleaning is necessary in order to keep an HVAC system working properly, but home warranties require that you do this cleaning yourself. If your system needs repairs and you haven’t performed routine maintenance, your home warranty won’t cover the repairs. By design, maintenance plans give you free routine maintenance every six months. Your system also gets professional cleanings and semiannual inspections through the maintenance plan.
5. Lower Utility Bills
Warranties and plans should always come down to savings. A home warranty covers repairs after problems have arisen, but a maintenance plan can help your system work properly on a regular basis. This maintenance will help ensure that your system is working as efficiently as possible. Regular tuneups can help your unit maintain up to 95 percent of its original efficiency, which helps keep your energy bills low.
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