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Understanding Home Preventative Maintenance Agreements

By Tabitha Naylor

A home preventative maintenance agreement is very similar to a home warranty and protects the major systems that are within your home, such as the heating and cooling system. The main difference is that the preventative maintenance agreement offers maintenance that will impede the breakdowns of systems, while a home warranty, which is also referred to as a home protection plan, pays for repairs or replacement for systems that have already broken down.

Specifics of the Home Preventative Maintenance Agreement

This type of agreement is a contract that is renewed annually and provides seasonal checks by professional services for a number of different mechanical home systems. The main components that these agreements are focused on include the heating and cooling systems; however, there are other companies that also provide generator maintenance. The specifics will depend on the chosen company that the agreement is given through, but will typically include the following:

  • Heating System

The services for the heating system include changing the filter, calibration of the thermostat, ensuring that everything is functioning properly, such as the controls, gas pressure, pilot light, belts and flue; leak testing; and assessing the exhaust and intake pipes.

  • Air Conditioning

The services for the air conditioning include inspecting the condensate pump, bearings, contractor, electrical connections, suction, discharge and compressor.

How the Agreements Work

The preventative maintenance agreement is able to be purchased on its own or as an addition to your home's warranty plan in order to increase the coverage that is on a home that is newly purchased or one that has ailing mechanical systems; however, a new home can benefit from the agreements purchase just as much as an older one can. A trained professional will come semi-annually and inspect the systems. If repairs are needed according to the inspection that is complete, it will be provided at a much smaller charge than the price that you would pay if you did not have the maintenance agreement. Additionally, priority service is usually added as a bonus to a number of agreements.

Where to Purchase the Preventative Maintenance Agreement?

There are a large number of big-name warranty companies that offer the preventative maintenance agreements. You should speak to a representative in your local area as the prices may vary for the plan and depending on the company that you use. There are also a number of local cooling and heating companies that offer maintenance agreements.

Benefits of the Agreement

If you are still on the fence about whether or not you need a preventative maintenance agreement to consider these benefits. These agreements can help you to save money in the long term and reduce the costly repair bills that you would otherwise have. However, the maintenance coverage also helps to improve the systems functioning and will lower your utility bills. The proper maintenance that is provided will also increase the entire life span of the heating and cooling systems.

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