Annual Furnace Inspection

by on 01/15/2015 - 04:22 pm

Category: Home Technology

Bryan Rutkosky from BERS HVAC recommends servicing your furnace once a year. For most shops, this means cleaning the insides of the system and preemptively addressing any issues before they become problems.

If you're currently experiencing problems with your HVAC system, inquire about the fees and pricing associated with a house call BEFORE inviting the contractor into your home.

Some, but not all, HVAC companies will charge you for making a visit. This can make getting multiple opinions on the same issue quite costly. It's worth noting that many companies will waive their fee if the homeowner uses them to fix the problem.

Second, lock down—in no uncertain terms—what the "quote" means. Some contractors charge by an hourly or even minute-by-minute rate, plus any materials used. In this case, the quote is a best-guess by the contractor as to how long they think the job will take their technicians to complete. If the job is surprisingly smooth from start to finish, the bill might come in under the quote. However, if unforeseen complications arise, you may end up paying far more than quoted.

Companies like BERS HVAC use a different pricing model (that they call upfront pricing). Instead of offering a variable quote that can change, BERS quotes one price after the problem has been diagnosed, and that number doesn't change once work begins. This allows homeowners to budget and make an informed decision completely, before signing a contract. You're paying to have a problem fixed, not for the privilege of having furnace technicians in your basement.