According to property managers, HVAC repairs rank number 8 on the top 10 costs of owning property. While property managers deal with commercial property, homeowners are, in reality, the property managers for their homes. Because of the high costs of a broken HVAC unit, it is important to understand the costs upfront and to focus on maintenance where possible to prevent costly repairs. Read on to learn the basics about HVAC repair and maintenance for homeowners.
The 411 on HVAC Repair Costs
HVAC repair prices are comprised of hourly service calls, emergency service, and regular maintenance or tune-up rates.
These rates will vary by region of the country and sometimes the time of year, depending on the HVAC company.
The hourly rate is pretty simple to understand. It is the rate charged by the company for the technician’s time.
The service call rate is a fee that is associated with the technician just showing up. This is a rate that may fluctuate. Across the nation, the average cost for central air conditioning repair is between $50-$100 for a service fee.
The emergency service rate is going to be higher than any of the other rates. Usually, these are appointments outside of normal business hours, on holidays or weekends.
To prevent high repair costs, get your home on an HVAC maintenance plan. With the HVAC maintenance plan, you will get biannual visits to tune-up/check your unit, for only a flat fee.
The maintenance fee will not cover repair costs. If the technician finds something wrong with your system, there will be an extra cost for parts and labor.
This may make you question why a maintenance plan is a good investment. There are 2 reasons.
First, the maintenance fee is lower than the service fee, so you save money if repairs must be done. Second, the regular tune-up by the technician will catch problems before they become expensive repairs.
HVAC Maintenance Tips
Try these tips to help reduce repair costs. First, replace the filter on a regular basis. Try setting an alarm on your phone to remind you to replace the filter quarterly.
Keep your outside unit free from debris, as this will help to maintain airflow and allow your system to work more efficiently. Installing shade over the compressor will help to extend the life of the unit by protecting it from some of the elements.
One of the most important things is to make sure your thermostat is working properly. Set the internal temperatures according to the seasons.
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