How Traditional HVAC Maintenance Agreements Cost You Money

[UPDATED 10/5/2017] It’s a familiar scenario. You call a heating and cooling company to repair or service your air conditioner or furnace, and they sell you on a maintenance agreement. He uses terms like energy efficiency, annual tune-up, and improved air quality. Everything sounds good, but is it the best solution for you, your home, and your budget? As a family-owned company for more than 63 years, we’ve found there’s a smarter way to maintain your HVAC system.

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Traditional HVAC service agreements cost a fixed price and they cover tune-ups. Other plans act like insurance policies and cover repairs and emergency services.

However, remember that the more services an HVAC maintenance agreement includes, the more money you pay. And what happens when you pay for a contract that includes parts, repairs, or emergency services, but you never use those services? You have essentially paid for nothing. That is the problem with an HVAC maintenance agreement: you pay for services you may never need to use.

Even with a service plan that includes two maintenance checks a year, some customers never schedule the service. Once again, you’re paying for something you’re not using.

That’s why Minnick’s stopped offering these agreements.

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Minnick’s hasn’t offered traditional HVAC maintenance agreements since 2012. We don’t feel they protect you, our customer!

Finally, there’s a smart way to maintain your heating and cooling equipment that offers monthly benefits! With monthly Smart Maintenance monitoring, you’ll know your system performs every month.

Plus, you’ll get alerts to urgent HVAC issues. Smart Maintenance prevents, predicts, and protects. The smart technology uses custom sensors to detect up to 80-percent of HVAC issues before they happen.

It’s such cutting-edge technology, Minnick’s is the exclusive provider of Smart Maintenance in Maryland.

You’ll see unprecedented information about the efficiency of your heating and cooling equipment to save money on utility bills. Plus, it’s highly unlikely you’ll go without heat in the middle of the winter, thanks to predictive alerts.

Finally, Smart Maintenance is affordable. It starts at just $49 a year, plus installation, for 12 remote maintenance checks a year!

For just a little more, $199 a year, get an annual maintenance check. Preventative maintenance is still important, even with Smart Maintenance. The sensors detect and analyze your system monthly, but it’s still a good idea to have an HVAC technician inspect and clean it once a year.

Minnick's VIP Reward Program

What is Minnick’s VIP Club?

Smart Maintenance also comes with a FREE VIP membership. Minnick’s created the club in 2012, as an alternative to traditional maintenance agreements. Earn rewards for the service you need.

The VIP Club now complements our smart maintenance solutions.

Every time you use Minnick’s service, you earn discounts and Minnick’s Money, which can be used for future services and discounts. Benefits of the VIP Club include:

  1. Signing up for the VIP Club is absolutely free
  2. 10% discount on all service and parts
  3. Priority scheduling when you need service – all VIP members are serviced before other customers
  4. Personally reminders at the beginning of the heating and cooling season to schedule an HVAC system inspection
  5. Emails with tips and promotional items
  6. Minnick’s Money where 1 point is equal to 1 dollar. Minnick’s Money is earned by participating in certain activities, such as signing up for the VIP Club, providing a referral, annual maintenance, providing a testimonial, liking us on Facebook and so much more!

Sign up for the Minnick’s VIP Club!

Simple Maintenance

If smart maintenance isn’t for you, Simple Maintenance is another option. It’s two service visits a year, to clean and inspect your furnace and air conditioner. You don’t pay in advance, so if you don’t use the service you’re not paying for it.

Plus, you qualify for VIP membership. As a VIP, we’ll call you to remind you to schedule your maintenance check.

Preventative maintenance keeps your unit running longer and more efficiently. That saves you money on utility bills and improves your Whole-Home Comfort.