Cleaning and servicing your HVAC equipment is what keeps it running efficiently, and lasting for as long as it should. Having regular maintenance will make sure your system is cleaned and serviced, but what does it cost?
In this article we will tell you about why you should have your heat pump cleaned, but the costs of the cleaning vs what it may cost with no cleanings.
Usually a regular cleaning/maintenance for a heat pump costs between $100 and $250. Additional costs could come into play if you need any repairs or parts replaced. This is what you should expect to pay if the technician comes in, does a routine service, and leaves without any issues.
The costs are different from contractor to contractor, and if you have a service contract, you will likely pay less for service and repairs. With our service contract, you get free yearly service on your heating and cooling system, and if any repairs or replacements are needed, you receive a discount on those.
In our opinion, service contracts are well with the money they cost, for a few reasons. The number one reason is that it ensures your HVAC equipment is taken care of.
There are so many times where we see a system die early because the owner forgot to schedule routine maintenance and cleanings. These homeowners simply forgot to schedule their service, and let it go for a little too long. A service contract means the contractor will call YOU to schedule your service, that you’ve already paid for.
Secondly, you will save money in the long run with a service contract. Services are billed slightly cheaper than if you scheduled them without a contract, plus you will receive discounts if you ever end up needing a repair or a part replaced. Instead of remembering twice a year to schedule a service, sign up for a service contract and make sure your system is taken care of.
It’s so much more important to have your heat pump serviced than people realize. When you have your heat pump, or any HVAC system cleaned and maintained regularly, you are doing a few things for the system:
Your system can slow down if it gets too dirty and gunked up. Cleaning your AC will help it run smoothly and efficiently. If you leave your system unserviced for too long, it will lose efficiency over time.
This is similar to taking your car in for an oil change. If you leave your car using the same oil for years, it’s not going to run the way it should, and will likely die early. Make sure you service your AC system regularly to keep the efficiency up.
This goes along with energy efficiency. If you start to lose efficiency, your heat pump will force itself to work harder to achieve the correct temperature on the thermostat. This is going to put more stress on your heat pump, and also use unnecessary energy. When you do this, you are running up your energy bills higher than they should be. Over the course of a season, this could be hundreds, or even thousands of dollars in unnecessary energy bills.
When you bring in a professional to service your system, they are doing more than just wiping down the outsides. They are going to take it apart, and clean the components. In this process, they’ll also be able to make sure all the parts in your heat pump are working, and aren’t on the verge of breaking.
If your technician sees a faulty looking wire or part, they can replace it before it becomes a bigger problem. This will almost certainly save you headaches down the road, and is always a cheaper option.
Just like we mentioned above, if your system isn’t serviced for long periods of time, you are going to run into some problems. The biggest problem is your system failing, and dying earlier than it should. Your heat pump should last for at least 10 years. We’ve seen many that last more than that, all because of proper maintenance.
When a homeowner doesn’t schedule regular heat pump cleanings and maintenance, we see them die years prematurely. This is the biggest waste of money there is. We all know the cost of a heat pump, and it’s not cheap. This equipment plays a huge factor in your home comfort, and your energy bills, which is why you want it running in peak condition, and lasting as long as possible.
When you have a new system installed, a lot of times it will come with some sort of warranty. What you may not know is that your warranty is only valid if you schedule regular maintenance from a licensed and certified contractor. This makes sense, seeing as most manufacturers don’t want to deal with unkempt systems. Make sure you take a look at your warranty and keep it valid!
If you have a dirty heat pump, it will deliver your dirty air. It’s not that the air will be unbreathable, but the cleaner your air conditioning or heating system is, the cleaner the air it will deliver. Over time the dirt, mold, and whatever debris gets into your system will start to make its way into your air.
Cleaning your heat pump will help clean the air, and make it healthier to breathe!
After looking at the price of a cleaning and all the factors, we definitely think a heat pump cleaning is worth the cost.
It’s going to cost you on average $150 to have your system cleaned. When you factor in the savings on energy bills, the lengthening of the lifespan, and the improved comfort, we think it’s not only worth it, but it will actually cost you more in the long run to NOT have your system cleaned.
We recommend looking into a service contract for the optimal costs and benefits of service.
We specialize in cleaning heat pump systems in Elgin, IL, and the surrounding areas. We have done deep cleanings, routine service, and installation of all different types and brands of heat pumps. Give us a call at (630) 504-8688, or click here to visit us online!