The Power of Furnace & AC Preventative Maintenance

I was grocery shopping the other day, and was amazed at checkout when the clerk offered me an extended service warranty on a small electronic I was purchasing.  Like many of you, I declined this additional charge.  I have heard time and time again that these plans are not worth the added expense.  Sometimes it feels like these plans are strategically designed to capitalize of off vulnerable, unknowing customers.  In fact, I have read that it is actually a wiser decision to decline such offers.

That being said, it is easy to see why our customers tend to show reluctancy in the preventive maintenance plans we offer for the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems within their homes.  After all, why would anyone want to spend money on a furnace that isn’t even broken?  This time of year, with the cold of winter quickly approaching, we would like to shed some light on this area.  Hopefully, today’s post will clarify why our preventive maintenance plans make financial sense for your present as well as your future.  Let’s look at the numbers.

Generally speaking, the average furnace repair costs our customers well over $269.  What most homeowners don’t realize is that 70 to 75% of that cost can be prevented with a routine maintenance inspection.  Our furnace, boiler, geothermal, and/or air conditioning plans are designed specifically for each unique space we visit.  No different than caring for your vehicle, the HVAC infrastructure of your home also needs continued looking after to avoid the potential damage of inattention.

In addition to the accrued savings of our service agreement packages, routine inspection can also improve the efficiency of a heating system.  You know what that means…more SAVINGS!!!  A system that runs better will ultimately lead to significant savings in the operational costs (i.e. utility bills) for that space.  In fact, our homeowners with service agreement packages generally see a 15-20% energy savings each year.  Take a look at the following table to see an example of a customer’s annual savings thanks to J & R Herra preventive maintenance.

Heating Method Average Yearly Cost Savings with J&R Herra

Service Agreement Plan

Natural Gas $679 $102
Electricity $909 $136
Propane $1666 $250
Heating Oil $2046 $307


Naturally, your HVAC system is not going to last forever; however, with routine maintenance and regular inspections there is a very good chance you will extend the life expectancy of your system from twelve to fifteen years to fifteen to twenty years.  Replacing a furnace typically runs just over $3800.  I don’t know about you, but I would much rather care for and maintain my current unit and avoid that staggering expense.

If those numbers don’t convince, I will leave you with some other facts to ponder.  A routinely serviced system will generate cleaner air and make for a healthier home.  Clean air is a fundamental priority for many of our customers.  Lastly, many of the furnace manufactures we work with offer extensive warranties for their units.  These warranties are included in the price-point of their systems; however, they are conditional upon their routine maintenance.

We can understand if you are still skeptical about the expense of preventative maintenance.  If you are curious about investing in one of these plans for your household, please call one of our office team members.  You can trust that we will answer your questions, help you understand the needs of your home, as well as generate a service agreement package that is geared to your specific comforts and needs.



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