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In the event you need maintenance done on your commercial HVAC system, how much can you expect to pay? Well, that depends on various factors, such as where you live, the size of your unit, and how much maintenance needs to be done.
It can cost anywhere from $100 to $140 per hour for preventative maintenance that takes one or two hours. Other times, there may be a flat fee for your service visit that costs between $85 and $120 for a tune-up.
You may save some money on these visits by entering into an annual maintenance agreement with your contractor. But those agreements cost more upfront, or they may cost you a monthly fee regardless of whether you use the services that month or not.
Preventative Maintenance Labor Costs
Labor costs are generally charged based on how long it takes to do the work. The easiest way to calculate how many hours of labor your contract includes is to divide the cost of your contract by the hourly rate your contractor charges.
Divide this result by the number of service visits included in your contract. Then you’ll have a better idea of how much value you’re getting from your annual maintenance contract. Contracts will range in price and the number of visits based on your system and how often it needs to be maintained.
If you decide that a preventative maintenance contract plan is right for you, it may include services like checking refrigerant levels, air filter changes and cleaning evaporator and condenser coils. It could also involve combing coil fins, cleaning clogged condensate drains, lubricating motor bearings, or tightening electrical connections.
Preventative maintenance keeps your system in proper working order year-round, ensuring it runs as efficiently as possible and saving you money on your energy bills. This process is the most affordable way to go because it keeps your system running for longer and can identify problems before they get too big and expensive.
Full Labor Plan Costs
You could choose to purchase a comprehensive labor plan to cover repairs, should they arise. It could include parts or replacement installation if you select those options as part of your plan. Prices vary based on the size of your system and how difficult your system is to access.
However, this is a good idea for commercial facilities with older units that may need to be serviced more often to keep them running.
Full Coverage Plans
If you want to ensure your HVAC system is always running smoothly and that all incidentals are covered, a full-coverage plan may be the right choice for you. It costs more money, but it covers labor and parts. It can also save you money on massive repairs.
These types of contracts are priced based on the size, age, and condition of your unit, so it’s always better to subscribe to plans like this early on, when your unit is still working correctly, to ensure it keeps working correctly for a long time.
If you have a unit that is at least ten years old, it will make more sense to replace it now than to subscribe to a full-coverage plan. However, an excellent way to estimate costs is to use the $5000 rule.
Multiply the age of your system by the cost of repairs and then replace the unit if your total cost is more than $5000.