HVAC Preventive Maintenance Contracts: Frequently Asked Questions
Is it possible that you were recently burned by high HVAC repair costs? Alternatively, have you recently purchased a new HVAC system and want to get off to a good start by taking proper care of it? It’s possible that you’re considering investing in regular service for AC repair and exploring HVAC preventive maintenance contracts for the first time if this is the case.
If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you have questions… and you may not be quite ready for a sales pitch just yet, so you’re hesitant to begin making calls. Listed below is some useful information on what to expect from an HVAC preventive maintenance contract, as well as how to get started evaluating your options.
Most frequently asked questions about HVAC preventive maintenance contracts include the following ten:
Listed below are a few of the most frequently asked questions we receive from first-time purchasers of HVAC preventive maintenance contracts, as well as the types of responses you can expect from a reputable and qualified vendor in this field.
1. What are the most common services covered by HVAC preventive maintenance contracts?
A preventive maintenance contract for your HVAC system includes a number of regularly scheduled maintenance visits each year, during which a technician will thoroughly inspect your equipment, clean it, and test it to ensure that it is in proper working order. The number of visits required and the list of tasks to be completed will be determined by the age and type of equipment you have, as well as the operating conditions and usage specifications. Consider the difference between the maintenance requirements of a hospital HVAC system that is constantly running 24 hours a day and the requirements of a small unit for an office that is only open from 9 to 5 on weekdays:
Also available are contracts that cover more than just routine maintenance: a full labor contract covers all of the labor required for repairs or replacements, as well as routine maintenance, but you are responsible for the cost of any replacement or repair parts. In terms of insurance, a full coverage contract is the ultimate policy, as it covers all parts and labor, as well as emergency service and preventive maintenance.
2. When will I be required to make a payment?
If you are signing a smaller contract, you will almost certainly be asked to pay the entire amount up front. When it comes to HVAC preventive maintenance contracts that cost more than $1000, you can frequently choose the payment terms that are most convenient for you: monthly, quarterly, or yearly.
3. What if I have to cancel my reservation?
The majority of vendors are aware that there are times when a contract must be terminated for unavoidable reasons, and they prepare accordingly. Many service providers will allow you to cancel your contract if you give them at least 30 days notice.
4. How long does it take you to respond?
The majority of vendors do not guarantee response times when it comes to HVAC preventive maintenance contracts. They should, on the other hand, be able to provide you with realistic expectations for repair response times. For example, if you call first thing in the morning, you can expect someone to show up the same day you called.
5. Will I be given priority treatment?
This is one of the advantages of HVAC preventive maintenance contracts that first-time customers may not be aware of or anticipate. If you are a loyal and frequent customer, you will be moved to the front of the queue if you have a repair issue, allowing you to receive faster service overall.
6. Will I always be assigned to the same service technician?
It is not only reassuring to have the same service technician show up time and time again, but it is also time-saving to do so. He is familiar with the procedure, he is aware of the location of the equipment, and he is aware of what needs to be done. However, the downside is that what happens when that guy goes on vacation or is absent due to illness?
When a service company assigns a dedicated team to your account, you will be better off. You’ll have that familiarity with people who understand what you’re going through, but you won’t be reliant on a single person to always be there for you in that way.
7. Will I be notified when it is time to schedule my regular maintenance?
Some companies will send you a postcard to remind you to schedule your regular service, so you can post it on your bulletin board and hope that you will remember to call them when you get the chance. The vendors who provide the best service will contact you at the beginning of each month when you are due for service and will work with you to get it set up as quickly and easily as possible.
8. Can I lock in a rate for a period of several years?
If you’re looking to manage expenses over a longer period of time, you may be able to negotiate a 2- or 3-year agreement with a larger contract. If you’re confident in the vendor’s services, signing a multi-year contract can save you money while also providing you with peace of mind, knowing that you can reliably budget for your HVAC maintenance costs.
9. Is it possible to negotiate specific terms of the contract in order to meet the specific needs of my company?
The answer should be yes if the company is truly concerned with providing excellent customer service. In fact, this is one of the most reliable ways to determine whether or not you’re dealing with a company that will rise to the occasion and complete the task at hand. A common example is a restaurant owner who does not want service personnel cleaning the vents in his or her dining room during lunch or dinner service hours. Because of this, the HVAC service company may need to arrive early in the morning before your business is ready to open. The hours during which your service is provided should be negotiable in order to accommodate your requirements.
10. Is it possible for my contract to be automatically renewed?
Generally, your contract will automatically renew at the end of its term with a small cost of living price adjustment included. The absence of a renewal clause in your contract may indicate that the vendor offered you a rock-bottom price in order to win your business, which they will likely be unable to meet the following year. The amount you pay for year two may be significantly higher than the amount you paid for year one.
HVAC preventive maintenance contracts should be tailored to your specific requirements.
One of the most important things you should know before shopping for an HVAC preventive maintenance contract is that they are not one-size-fits-all solutions. According to the equipment you have, the level of coverage that you are comfortable with, and the needs of your company, you should customize the terms of the agreement.