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Need Maintenance? What You Need to Know Before Signing an HVAC Contract

Annual maintenance is essential for keeping your HVAC system in good condition, and a service contract can help with that. It covers system tuneups for an annual fee. However, signing contracts is always a risky proposition. If you’re not careful, you can end up agreeing to things you never knew you were signing up for. So here are a few things that should – and shouldn’t – be in your HVAC contract.

A good HVAC contract spells out exactly what’s included.

That means two annual inspections: one for your A/C, and one for your furnace. But be sure the contract lists exactly what tasks are to be performed at each inspection. Read the list carefully and make sure it’s consistent with a thorough HVAC tuneup.

Some contracts also include basic repairs.

Does the contract cover parts, labor, or both? And up to how much? Be sure the contract also spells out exactly what’s not included, and how you will be billed for services that fall outside the scope of the agreement.

Be careful of contracts that are too short.

It may seem like keeping it simple is a good thing, but it’s much better for you if the HVAC company lays out exactly what you’re entitled to, every step of the way. A short contract is likely an excuse for them to charge you extra at every opportunity for services that fall outside the limited scope.

Beware of complicated or confusing language.

It should be written clearly, so you know what you’re agreeing to without having to show it to a lawyer. Also be careful of long paragraphs and tiny print. These are often ploys to deter you from reading the agreement thoroughly, so they can hide clauses in it that you won’t like.

Find a trustworthy, reputable HVAC contractor, and read the agreement carefully. This way, you know what you’re getting into, and can enjoy high quality HVAC service year round.

To learn more about the benefits of an HVAC contract, contact us at Beyer Boys. San Antonio trusts us for all its heating and cooling needs.