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Furnace maintenance plan?

December 7th, 2007 at 03:35 am

Can anyone here advise me on a furnace maintenance plan for my mother's furnace? She has a gas furnace that was just installed in the last year or two. Her fuel company added the charge for the plan on her bill (she's mad about that) and I'm not sure if this is something we should get for her. I know nothing about this stuff and I'm hoping someone here might!! Is this a good deal and is it recommended to have something like this in place? Any insight welcome!

It includes:
- periodic burner tuneup, system inspection, and cleaning of the heating system as needed.
- adjustments are made as needed, to ensure your maxium econonomy and environmental protection.
- tuneups are performed during normal business hrs M - F.
- all parts will be replaced as necessary at the previling rates.
- 24 hr emergency burner service is provided at no labor charge.
- $18 monthly $180 yrly

I just sent her $150 to help towards the property taxes and this is very much an unexpected expense. At least going forward I should have a better understanding of what's going on at her house.

Thank you!

2 Responses to “Furnace maintenance plan?”

  1. fern Says:

    Most service plans I'm aware of entitle you to one annual 'tune-up' each year. Does her plan really just say "periodic?" I think' that's kind of vague and seems like it's then in the company's best interest not to service you annually if they can avoid it. I wouldn't sign up for a plan that didn't include 1 annual inspection/tune-up.

    If money is an issue, i would think it's less important to have a service plan for a 1 or 2 year old burner/furnace but more important for older equipment. So if you had to, you could probably get by without the service plan in the earliest years of having the equipment.

    $180 seems a little high, at least by CT standards. I think i paid about $100 for my (oil furnace) tuneup, but maybe it's less involved than for gas, i really can't speak to that.

  2. dmontngrey Says:

    Thank you Fern. This is wonderful input! I will look further into the wording of "peroidic". I just copied and pasted what my mother had typed to me and it may not have included all details.

    I do tend to agree that her furnace is rather new. She had people out to look at the old one ALL the time. Haven't heard about problems with this one ever since they fixed the faulty part on it.

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