Beware of Too Good To Be True Tune-up Prices
These days we all get in the mail, hear on the radio, and watch on TV commercials these ridiculously low priced ads for heating and cooling tune-ups. Really, what can you expect for a $39, $49, or even $99 Tune-up?
It simply costs more than that in overhead just to send a well trained technician to your home.
Some companies can do it at a loss, and then make it up once they are in your home by charging you extra for each little thing that will need to be done.
When was the last time you bought anything of quality and value and paid next to nothing for it? It is a very rare occurrence if ever, correct?
Bottom line: A professional and thorough tune-up will cost more than $99.00. Be sure your tune-up is being performed by a N.A.T.E. (North American Technical Excellence) certified technician. The tune-up should include extensive inspection and cleaning of components, electrical and safety tests, refrigerant charge verification as to a correct charge, and a static air pressure test to verify the performance of your ductwork. If any issues are found after the cleaning and inspections; your/the technician will have solutions for you to consider.
Is the company advertising a tune-up and giving you an inspection. Think about your car. You pay each year to have an inspection. At the inspection, the inspector examines your car and tells you of the problems that you have to pass inspection. The inspector does not change your oil, put air in your tire, clean your car. He inspects it. If you get a tune-up on your car it can mean that the throttle body was cleaned and spark plugs changed and many other items.
Remember: There is a difference between an inspection and tune-up.
Remember ask what that inexpensive tune-up includes and ask questions before hand if you are not sure if they are offering an inspection or tune-up. To be a victim of the low price tune-up that gives you a less than superior inspection of your system with lots of expensive add on items to get the superior tune-up that you are accustomed to.