We looked around online to compare the plans offered by some of New Jersey’s largest heating and cooling companies, and all the plans were different.
Some offered 10 or 15 percent discounts for parts and labor. We didn’t find any that offered discounts larger than the 20 percent one we received. Some offered “priority” service during peak trouble times – times like today.
Then there are plans offered by service providers like PSE&G. Its plans have monthly fees and are more of an à la carte plan – you choose which units you want covered. JCP&L offers service contracts, too.
But it’s like comparing apples and oranges. We couldn’t find a clear way to compare the plans out there.
If you have your systems inspected annually, there’s a good chance you’ll prevent expensive problems, or at least find the problem before it escalates into something costly. But if the service contract doesn’t offer discounts, the contract price could be higher than what you’d pay for a one-time repair.
Our advice would be to shop around, and more importantly, ask your friends and neighbors about their experiences.
So we ask you, dear readers: Do you have a service plan? What did it cost, and what do you get for it? Are you happy with the plan, the pricing, the service?
Let us know your experience in the comments section.
And by next year, we should be able to tell if you if our plan was worth it.