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Thread: Do you have a membership in a service club for your heating/ac unit?

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    Do you have a membership in a service club for your heating/ac unit?

    The folks that I use for maintenance on my heat pump/ac unit have a service club membership with different levels of membership. You pay a monthly fee and the club provides free services, discounts on repairs, guaranteeing appointments within a certain period of time, and guaranteeing their work. Membership classifies you as a preferred customer.

    Just wondering if anyone has this kind of membership and whether they thought it was worth the money.

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    I was just thinking on that today. I had an electrical company come and ended up saying yes to a $15.00 a month one. So far all I've gotten is them coming out to check my very old furnace heating and clean it. changed the filter too. Nothing since then. I have so many things to do that I forget about them.
    I used to have one with a larger company and got my fridge fixed, mostly for free.

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    You might want to check them out on the internet and BBB. But last year I needed a plumber and called the company that I had used for several years and was asked if I was a member of their plan? No, didn't know what they were talking about. But it turned out if I was a member they would be able to come out immediately, if not, I would have to wait about a week. I thanked them, hung up and found another plumber. The guy that came out said it was becoming a new thing, he was picking up all the business these other places were losing, so he was happy.

    We had a service contract for the first 10 years on our heater, then the company went out of business and I never found another one.

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    We've had this service for over 10 years. It used to be $500 a year and that included the furnace/AC yearly maintenance as well as an electrical/plumbing check-up. They now do a monthly billing that includes the same things, as well as the preferred service and discounts you mention. I definitely think it's worth it. Our service provider does furnace, AC, plumbing and electrical work. It's called "all comfort."
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    I don't do anything monthly, but we have an annual maintenance contract that calls for them to come out and clean and check out everything twice a year--in the early spring before using the air conditioner and early fall before switching over to heat. I think it helps in the overall life of your units, and it does give us priority service calls if something goes out.

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    We have a twice-a-year check on our furnace/air conditioner, pay a small fee each month for it. I think it's worth it.

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    I never heard of this before.

    We do however have a membership to a legal service. We pay a monthly fee and have access to law firms in all 50 states if needed. It has paid for itself a hundred times over since we became members in 2002.
    We haven't had to use all 50 law firms..lol......just 2 so far.
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    I live in a small town in BC Canada, I have never heard of whole house service plans that cover electrical and plumbing as well as heating systems.

    I know many home heating oil companies have a plan where if I sign up for an auto fill plan, they will service the furnace (but I still pay for the servicing). I am not interested. My former BIL was a burner mechanic for huge heating systems, he would service the furnace for the cost of parts.

    I cannot image what an Electrical service plan would cover. Most electric systems are no maintenance except changing light bulbs and throwing a breaker every so often if you over load a circuit.

    In 17 years we have had to call a plumber 5 times. I have used the same plumber for all 17 years.

    If I had signed up for a $15.00 per month plan 17 years ago I would have paid over $3000.00 by now. I certainly have not paid that much in plumbing or furnace repairs.
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    Our Heating.AC company had a twice a year plan for $119.00, we would get priority if we needed service call, saved a few percent on any parts needed. Their yearly check of furnace/AC at their convenience, not ours. We both work together and ride together and couldn't get to work for a couple hours or more after we opened the doors. We dropped them and now will take our chances when service is needed.
    I think it is just another way for them to make money. Cleaning furnace-AC is not rocket science, we do our own now. We change filters every 30 days.
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    Never heard of it. We just call as needed.
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    I have a yearly service plan. I pay a flat amount once a year for which I get two service calls a year. One to check and service the air conditioner and one to do the furnace. The flat amount is less than the total cost of two service calls without the plan. I also get priority when I need a service call and a discount on any parts. It's definitely worth it. If I need them, they get out the same day.

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    Yes we have a home service plan. It is called American Home Shield. It covers Washer, Dryer ,Fan, garbage disposal ,
    AC/Heater, Fridge and freezer and more. To name just a few. We pay $45.00 a month. If anything breaks down all we pay is a fee of $75.00 and the rest is covered by AHS. We have had this service for 9 years and have used them so many times for Washer/Dryer/garbage/AC etc. Great plan. Check them out.

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    I know 'whole house' plans are available that would cover stove, fridge, washer/dryer, etc. but I have never used them. What I do have is a maintenance contract on my hot water heater and my furnace and a/c. They have paid off for me as I get priority service if something goes wrong.

    A few years ago my furnace stopped working and, of course, it was the coldest week of the year. It turned out to be the furnace thermostat. They replaced it no charge and, as you might expect, they had calls coming our their ears. It could have taken several days for service if I hadn't had the contract, instead, I was warm within 24 hours.

    Something very similar happened to the A/C during the hottest spell of the summer and it was the same story for service and, again, no charge. That time it was the A/C fan.

    I can't really say what it costs as they just add it onto my utility bill when it comes due and I pay it out for a 3 month period, but I think it is definitely worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanne S View Post
    I don't do anything monthly, but we have an annual maintenance contract that calls for them to come out and clean and check out everything twice a year--in the early spring before using the air conditioner and early fall before switching over to heat. I think it helps in the overall life of your units, and it does give us priority service calls if something goes out.
    This is the plan we have with a local provider. And they are good about priority calls like when I didn't know how to use the new thermostat!!
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    No but I have been thanking about checking into one that would cover all major electric appliances.
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    I got one when I moved up to Iowa as my heating system was very old though it had been updated. I knew it would cost a pretty penny if I had to replace it so thought having this extra maintenance plan a good idea. The 2nd year they stated they no longer serviced water baseboard heating which is what I have (and I love it too) so I called and was told I was grandfather'd in so not to worry. I also asked them if my system had to be replaced would they cover the entire cost, they stated yes. Last year I read the contract again and read where they only pay up to a certain amount for replacement, not the entire amount as I was lead to believe so I called them up and told them to cancel me when my contract was up. Seems not all their folks are up to date on what they will and won't cover. I spent 4 years of maintenance fees which I could have been saving up for a new system. Also found out that they pay up to whatever hasn't been spent for that unit during the year so if you've had a repair, then they would subtract that amount to the replacement cost so I'd still have to cough up thousands of dollars. I felt scammed to say the least cause that's not what they told me every year when I called to make sure my particular system was still covered. So folks, read the fine print, ask questions so you're both on the same page of thought.
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    When I bought my house, I was also sold a "homeowners warranty" by American Family insurance company. This is in addition to my homeowner's insurance. This warranty covers nearly everything that my homeowner's does not. For about $50 per month, I can call for a repairman, set an appointment, and verify who is coming into my home. I have had to call electricians, plumbers, and even a couple contractors, and all I pay is $65 per incident. Worth every dime. It covers all of my appliances, heat/cooling system, plumbing, electrical, most everything. It used to be that you could only buy a homeowner's warranty when you bought a home, now they are available to every homeowner. I can not recommend it enough. The first year I owned my home, we had to call a plumber, and electrician, and have my bathroom/dining room wall repaired due to leak in the wall. Paid for itself! It covers repair or replacement if repair is not possible. Check into it, for about what you are paying now, you could cover your whole home. PM me if you want more info.
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