Annual HVAC Maintenance: What Is It, and Why Do I Need It?

Your home’s HVAC system is the most important part of your indoor safety and comfort, and it’s critical that it works constantly and efficiently — especially in our unique climate. Cheaper is most definitely NOT better when it comes to annual HVAC maintenance.

What Is the Cost of an HVAC Tune-Up?

It is hard to drive down the street without seeing a billboard advertising an HVAC tune-up for $59. Just about anywhere you look you’ll see an advertisement for a $59 tune-up and then the next ad is for a $58 HVAC tune-up. Have you ever stopped to ask why tune-ups are so inexpensive and seem to become cheaper year after year?

When considering the cost of an HVAC tune-up, think about what it costs to send an expert technician in a fully stocked truck with all the proper tools to your home. Think of the office staff that must answer the phones and then dispatch the technician to your home when you call to schedule your annual HVAC maintenance. Not to mention paperwork to process after tune-up completion — all for the low price of $59 (or less).

Buyer Beware

One way a company can be profitable performing a tune-up on your system for that cost is if they do it quickly and forgo performing a thorough examination and cleaning of your system. They may skip critical steps or try to hard sell you on items you may not need.

What Does HVAC Maintenance Include?

Now that you have a better idea of why you need to have your HVAC system tuned up and maintained, the next question you need to ask is what exactly should be performed on an HVAC tune-up, and who sets the standard?

Setting the Standard

ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) is a national nonprofit organization with more than 60,000 industry professionals and businesses that work together to promote professional contracting energy efficiency as well as healthy, comfortable indoor environments. They are also the organization that writes the standards for design, maintenance, installation, testing and performance of indoor environment systems. Every five years the ACCA updates the ACCA Standard 4, which establishes maintenance and tune-up standards for residential heating, ventilating and air conditioning applications.

This is the standard used to define the tasks to be performed. Any tune-up performed should provide you with the specific measurements of the components tested and recommendations to repair or replace any item that falls outside of the manufacturer’s recommended specifications.

Professional HVAC Maintenance

Our professionally trained technicians provide the most comprehensive air conditioner and furnace maintenance services in the area backed by a seasonal guarantee. They are trained and equipped to perform high-level services as a part of our regular process because we understand it can make a difference in how long your system lasts and how much it costs you each year to operate.

We also offer Plus Service Plans with the following benefits:

  • Service appointments within one business day
  • Priority for plan holders
  • No overtime or after-hours charges EVER
  • Two tune-ups per year – heating and cooling
  • 2-year part warranty
  • Up to 20% savings on repairs
  • Reduced diagnostic fees
  • Complimentary 1” filters
  • Plan includes annual humidifier pad

Contact us online, or call Sedgwick Heating today to schedule your tune-up at (952)881-9000.