AC maintenance costs anywhere from $70 to $300 in Kansas City.
What you’ll pay within that price range depends on the following factors:
- What’s offered in the maintenance visit
- Whether you purchase a maintenance plan or one-off maintenance visit
We’ll go into both of those points in more detail below. But first, let’s take a look at why you need AC maintenance in the first place.
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Why you need regular AC maintenance
Energy.gov recommends that homeowners have their AC maintained at least once per year to avoid issues like:
- Early breakdowns
- Higher energy bills
- Reduced cooling capacity
Think of an AC maintenance visit like an oil change for your car. After a mechanic changes the oil, checks the tire pressure and tops off fluids, your car will run smoother and get better gas mileage. Getting regular oil changes also prolongs the life of your car.
Similarly, getting an AC tune-up increases the lifespan of your AC and helps it cool your home more efficiently.
Another reason to get regular maintenance is to keep your HVAC warranty valid. If an AC part breaks down and you want to use your warranty to replace it, most manufacturers will require proof that your air conditioning system has been regularly maintained by a professional before they will replace the part.
Now let’s look at what an AC tech actually does during a maintenance visit and how it affects cost…
Cost factor #1: What’s offered in the maintenance visit
Here’s the bottom line: The more a tech does during an AC maintenance visit, the more the service will likely cost.
According to Energy.gov, ALL techs should perform the following 8 actions during an AC tune-up:
- Check thermostat settings to make sure they’re set correctly
- Tighten all electrical connections
- Lubricate all moving parts
- Inspect the condensate line for clogs and leaks
- Check all controls of the system
- Clean evaporator coil and condensing coils
- Check the refrigerant level (if it’s low, you probably have a refrigerant leak)
- Clean and adjust the blower and make sure the motor is working properly
When it comes time to hire a tech, make sure they follow those 8 points (at a minimum). If they check or clean other parts during the maintenance visit, that’s great. However, keep in mind they’ll likely charge more for their service if they do more.
Cost factor #2: Maintenance plan vs one-off visit
Many AC contractors offer maintenance plans in addition to one-time visits. Typically, maintenance plans are more expensive (and usually involve a monthly fee), but they can save you money in the long run.
Let’s look at the difference between the 2 types of maintenance options:
- With a one-time maintenance visit ($70 to $150), you only pay for a single tune-up and that’s it. The service should at least cover the 8 action items we mentioned in the previous section.
- A maintenance plan typically involves a monthly fee that ranges from $15 to $25. So over the course of 1 year, you could pay anywhere from $180 to $300. In addition to a standard tune-up (the same service provided in a one-time maintenance visit), a maintenance plan can also include the following benefits:
- Priority service
- Reduced trip fee (the cost to visit your home to diagnose or fix your AC)
- Upgrade discounts
- Discounts on AC repairs
- One additional tune-up per year (for your heating system)
Because of the discounts they offer, maintenance plans are often more cost effective in the long run.
Ask about the benefits we offer in our 365 Comfort Club Maintenance Plan.
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