Just like your vehicle, your heater requires regular maintenance. And like any machine, it can occasionally break down. Is it worth it to buy a heater service plan? There are a few factors to take into consideration.
Heater Service Plans on New Equipment
If your equipment is brand new, it should be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. While these vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, generally they cover parts and labor for one year, and parts up to five years. If your equipment is less than a year old, the most cost effective option may be to just purchase your annual maintenance “a la carte” rather than purchasing a heater service plan. After that first year, if the service plan includes annual maintenance and labor, it may still save you money, read on to see why…
Does the Heater Service Plan Include Annual Maintenance?
Even on newer equipment that is covered under the manufacturer’s warranty, there is annual preventative maintenance that must be done to keep the warranty in effect. When considering a service plan, see if the cost includes this annual maintenance. Heater service plans that include this maintenance can be a real value. Not only does it ensure that you get that maintenance done, it can help you make sure that your heater is running efficiently by allowing the technician to inspect and find clogged filters, nozzles, or other issues that can hamper the efficiency of your heater. Once you’re past that first year of total manufacturer coverage, a heater service plan that includes this maintenance and covers labor on service calls can pay for itself with just one call.
Efficiency, Longevity and Reliability
Keeping up with the maintenance on your heater has far-reaching benefits. Regular maintenance helps boost the efficiency of your heater, saving you money on long term fuel costs. This preventative maintenance also helps catch potential problems before they become major, expensive repairs. This saves you money, and saves you the discomfort of going without heat while waiting for a technician. If you have an older heater, putting a service plan on it can save money, by eliminating the dispatch fee and saving you money on parts that might be needed on possible repairs.
The wind is howling, the snow is flying, and your heater won’t start. HVAC companies have to prioritize their service calls somehow, and in most cases, clients that have a heater service plan with the company receive priority scheduling when the service calls start rolling in. This means that when you have a service plan on your heater, you’ll wait the least amount of time possible for your heat to be working again. Less worry, less discomfort, and more peace of mind.
The Value of Peace of Mind
When you take into consideration annual maintenance, less out of pocket repair costs, boosted efficiency, and priority scheduling, you can see that the real value of a heater service plan comes from the peace of mind it affords. A robust service plan from a reputable company can really take the worry out of home comfort. A service plan backed by a knowledgeable, flexible, caring company adds confidence that your heater will run without a hitch, whether it’s brand new or ‘vintage’.
If you have questions regarding the specifics of 7 Oil Company’s service plans, please feel free to give us a call at 856-786-0707 or email us. We’ll be happy to provide you with any information you may need.