You’ve probably heard from a technician, other homeowners, or the internet that you should invest in annual AC maintenance to keep your cooling bills low, your home comfortable and your AC running smoothly.
But whether or not you think investing in AC maintenance is worth your money probably depends on the cost of service. Typically, the cost of air conditioning maintenance is calculated depending on:
Below, we’ll look at each of these cost factors so you can get a better idea of how much your AC maintenance may cost. But first, let’s go into a little more detail about why you should invest in annual maintenance in the first place.
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For being a fairly inexpensive service, AC maintenance can provide you with quite a few important benefits, like:
Now that we’ve explored why you should invest in annual AC maintenance, let’s look at the factors that will affect the cost of this service.
When it comes to AC tune-ups, most HVAC companies will charge around the same price. However, you should beware of techs who offer rock-bottom pricing. This typically indicates that they're just looking to make a quick buck and may offer a sloppy or quick checkup.
The point of AC maintenance is to ensure that your AC is running properly and hopefully avoid any large issues or breakdowns in the future. When you hire an experienced and/or high-quality technician, you know they will complete a thorough inspection of your AC system and will catch any serious issues. So, while it may cost a little bit more upfront to hire a tech with more experience, it’s worth it to invest in a quality company over a cheaper company that may not be as thorough.
To find a quality contractor, you should look at:
Typically, the more components a contractor checks during a maintenance visit, the more they will charge. However, if you’re going to invest in AC maintenance, you probably want to ensure that you’re getting the best tune-up possible.
To give you a better idea of what you should expect, we’ve listed ENERGY STAR’s® list of the minimum maintenance tasks a technician should check, which includes:
Our recommendation would be to find a technician who will check at least what is listed above. Usually, a company or contractor will have a list of everything that’s included in an AC tune-up. If they don’t have a list or refuse to provide you with specifics, we would suggest finding another company or contractor to perform your AC tune-up.
A one-time tune-up will probably be less expensive than a maintenance plan. However, maintenance plans usually include multiple system tune-ups or other perks that typically make them worth the extra cost.
For example, our one-time tune-up is $89 dollars and our yearly maintenance plan is $199, but in addition to an AC tune-up, our maintenance plan includes perks like:
If you’re going to commit to having your AC maintained annually by a professional, our recommendation would be to become a maintenance member. That way when your AC does need repairs, you have the benefits that come with being a maintenance member (no overtime charges, after-hours, discounts on repairs, etc.), and will end up spending less than someone who just pays for one-time tune-ups.