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  • Is a Maintenance Membership Worth It?

    May 24, 2018

    Maybe your HVAC unit is one of the lucky ones – it doesn’t need a ton of preventative maintenance because it hasn’t suffered a problem that required any substantial repair so far. If so, count your blessings! However, you may have a unit that can’t seem to go more than a month or two without needing a call to the repairman to fix whatever’s gone wrong this time. Either way – whether you’re getting by without an issue or can’t catch a break – a maintenance membership might be a prudent investment.

    But is it really? The cost of a monthly maintenance membership with a service provider can compound and add up over time, but if it offsets the price you’d have to normally pay to account for repairs and preventative care then it can be a wise choice. Depending on how fickle your HVAC unit is, you can end up saving a lot of money over the course of its life. Barker Heating & Cooling offers a Friends & Family Plan that we’re certain will keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket, and less that you have to sink into costly repairs!

    What Do Maintenance Memberships Get You?

    Well, it depends. Every service company that offers memberships will vary in the precise benefits they provide – and finding two identical memberships will be a tall task.

    • For the most part, you’ll be getting extended warranties on labor performed by the company in addition to discounts on repairs and parts, as well as priority service.
    • However, the specifics will vary. Some will only cover planned repairs and routine preventative maintenance and still leave you on the hook for unplanned/emergency services. Some will cover labor and parts for any repairs you need, while some only take care of the parts needed.
    • Others, like Barker Heating & Cooling’s membership, offer comprehensive inspections and checks that differ depending on the time of year.

    The primary benefit to getting a maintenance membership, though, is the routine service you’re guaranteed. You’ll usually receive one or two inspections per year where a technician will go over your unit and check for anything that could pose a problem down the road and alert you to it. When that happens, you’ll be able to correct a potential issue well before it breaks and causes a larger complication.

    What If Your Unit Hasn’t Had Trouble?

    If your HVAC unit has gone a while without running into any problems, count your blessings. Then sit down and run the numbers. Look at the cost of any usual preventative care you’d have performed on your unit and compare it to the price a maintenance membership will usually cost you per year. This could be anywhere from $100-$500, depending on a variety of factors – like quality of the plan, how frequently inspections occur, etc.

    If it would be cheaper to just roll with the punches and avoid paying for a membership, then you’re probably better off not investing in one just yet. But on the flip side, if the repairs seem to happen too frequently, a maintenance membership is probably a good investment.


    Barker Heating & Cooling’s Friends & Family Plan is, in our opinion, the best membership in Dublin. We offer a lifetime warranty on repairs, significant discounts on repairs and IAQ products, no service charges and priority appointments, among a massive amount of other benefits. Give us a call at 925-276-9601 today and speak with someone to learn more about how much you can save with us!