In Colorado, heating maintenance (often referred to as a “tune-up”) costs about $129 to $179. However, if you need any repairs or replacement parts, your costs may be higher.
While it may seem like an unnecessary expense, heating maintenance is critical for your system’s health, efficiency, and lifespan. And when you consider the cost of an entire system replacement (which can range anywhere from $4,000 to $15,000) it pales in comparison.
If you’re interested in healing maintenance but concerned about the cost, below we’ll explain some key factors related to the topic, including:
- The benefits of heating system maintenance
- Signs of a quality heating tune-up offer
- Why it pays to invest in an annual plan
With peace of mind around the value of heating maintenance, it’s easier to decide what’s best for your home’s unique needs and budget.
Let’s get into it!
Want to schedule heating maintenance with a 5-star rated HVAC company? Contact Cooper Heating & Cooling! For just $129, we’ll send a licensed heating tech to perform a 17-point safety and performance tune-up. No matter the age, type, or condition of your system, we’ll help you enjoy increased energy savings and longer-lasting equipment.
The benefits of heating system maintenance
According to energy.gov, 43% of a home’s utility bill goes to heating and cooling. But with proper HVAC maintenance, you can cut your energy costs by up to 30%.*
Considering Colorado’s long heating season, this makes energy savings one of the primary benefits of heating maintenance.
Just like your car, when the inner workings of your heating system are properly cleaned and lubricated, you’ll get better “mileage” out of it. And when it doesn’t draw as much power to heat your home, you’ll see decreased utility costs.
Additionally, if you invest a heating tune-up at least once a year, you can enjoy a number of other cost saving benefits such as:
- Fewer surprise breakdowns. While checking behind the scenes of your heating equipment, an experienced HVAC technician will catch worn or damaged parts before they cause equipment failure.
- Less expensive repair bills. During a routine inspection, you’ll get notified of any small repairs needed. That way they don’t snowball into major (and costly!) fixes.
- Longer lasting equipment. When you properly maintain your equipment with regular cleanings and parts replacements, you’ll lessen the chance of a major breakdown— or worse, a sooner than necessary replacement.
For maximum benefit, we recommend scheduling your tune-up at the start of the heating season. That way your heat pump, furnace, or boiler is primed to operate at peak efficiency for the entire time you need it.
*Numbers are in tandem with proper thermostat settings, duct sealings, and home insulation.
Signs of a quality tune-up offer
Not all HVAC companies provide the same quality of tune-ups, so it’s important to look for one that actually delivers the value it claims to. Otherwise, you risk paying someone to merely glance at your equipment without doing anything to improve efficiency or lifespan (when that’s the entire point of getting a tune-up).
Moreover, some contractors will low-ball you with attractive tune-up specials, only to hike up the price with “surprise add-ons” when finished.
To ensure that you’re dealing with an honest company, look for tune-ups that offer:
- Upfront, flat-rate pricing for all types of heating systems (e.g., furnaces, heat pumps, boilers)
- A guaranteed checklist of items to be inspected (most reputable contractors follow Energy Star’s standard inspection checklist)
- A written report of the technician’s findings, with detailed suggestions on how to improve system performance and efficiency
To that end, you should also make sure that your contractor has:
- Proof of licensing and insurance
- 10+ years of HVAC experience
- Recent, verified 4 and 5 star reviews on Google, Yelp, Facebook, etc.
If the company you hire doesn’t provide these things, we recommend looking elsewhere. Your heating system is an investment, and it deserves to be protected by trustworthy HVAC professionals.
Why it pays to invest in an annual plan
While looking into heating tune-ups, you may see advertisements for annual HVAC maintenance plans. These tend to be offered by established contractors only, and for good reason: They offer your most significant long-term savings.
On top of reduced energy bills, annual maintenance plans provide:
- Longer warranty protections. Most manufacturers require once-a-year professional HVAC maintenance in order to keep your warranty valid. By staying up on routine maintenance, you’ll decrease your out-of-pocket costs if repairs are needed.
- Early detection of emergencies. Joining a maintenance plan means you’ll get guaranteed tune-ups (often for both your heating and cooling systems) every year. And with regular eyeballs on your equipment, you’re more likely to catch problems that could otherwise cause an expensive breakdown. Usually right when you need your heater the most— on a freezing cold day!
- Reduced carbon footprint. The more efficiently your heating system runs, the less energy it will consume. If you’re concerned about reducing your carbon footprint, this pays dividends!
And while plans will vary from contractor to contractor, many also provide:
- Discounts on parts and repairs. If your furnace, boiler, or heat pump needs replacement parts or repairs, you can purchase them at a discounted price. Depending on the size of repair required, this alone could pay for your annual plan!
- Priority scheduling. If you need urgent heating service, many maintenance plans allow you to skip ahead of the line with priority scheduling.
Since 1978, Cooper Heating & Cooling is here for trusted heating maintenance.
For more than 40 years, the Cooper Green Team has helped Coloradans keep energy bills low, avoid expensive repairs, and extend the lifespan of their furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, and more.
Our 17-point tune-ups are just $129 and include a complete cleaning, inspection, and optimization of your heating system. For even greater savings, we also have an annual maintenance program. Members enjoy yearly HVAC tune-ups, priority scheduling, and special discounts on repairs and services. Plus, you’ll get friendly automated service reminders to make worrying about maintenance a thing of the past.
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Luke Cooper is the General Manager of the Cooper Green team and son of Gary Cooper, owner and CEO of Cooper HVAC. After years in the field, Luke took his talents to management and has helped thousands of Colorado homeowners during hot summers and frigid winters. His decade of experience in the field and guiding the company makes him one of the most knowledgeable individuals in Colorado on HVAC, plumbing, electrical and other home services.