When deciding if you need a furnace service plan, think about how old your furnace is. If your furnace is more than a few years old, chances are that plan would be a very wise investment down the road. It is always imperative that your furnace gets routine maintenance to ensure that it is always running at maximum efficiency. A lot of service maintenance plans provide a safety check and an annual tune up, and that alone can save you a ton of money in the future. However, preventative measures are just that, preventative. There is still the chance of breaking down even with the best kept furnace. With that being stated, having a service plan would ensure those costly repairs are kept free, or at a fraction of the original cost. There are a few options to strongly consider when deciding what plan is right for you. For example, if your furnace breaks down in the middle of the night and your service plan is from a company that doesn't work outside normal business hours, you could find yourself in a bad situation. It's good to keep in mind priority service and after hours availability when looking at contracts. Additionally, you should look for a parts/labour plan that ensures at least $1000 in repairs so that you are not unaware of the maximum cost covered for repairs. Although most plans offer labour costs or part coverage, you could still end up with a large bill to cover if you call for service after hours. Watch for the annual tune up costs, as well as the pre inspection costs prior to signing a contract to ensure your furnace has no pre existing issues and so you are never blindsided by any additional costs you did not budget for.
If you have any questions that haven't been answered above, or you would like free advice on your furnace services, stop by or call Ardent Heating, Air Conditioning & Water Treatment in Barrie, Ontario.