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Old 03-17-2012, 08:03 PM   #21
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I had my gas furnace serviced a couple years after I moved into my new house. After seeing what he did I knew I would never have it serviced again, it took him 10 minutes and he was out the door. Just vacuum and replace the filters regularly, check the burner flame to make sure it looks normal. If a control board goes it probably had little or nothing to do with whether you had it serviced or not.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:25 PM   #22
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I would do at least the first annual maintenance. Usually things have problems when they are very new or old.

I had an A/C that was installed about 7 years ago and there were some problems with the install that I never knew about. Everything ran ok, however moisture accumulated behind the unit in the garage and the wall became full of mold. We had to rip the unit out replace the wall and I then just decided to replace the whole A/C as moisture had corroded the circuits inside of the unit. The new unit had problems from week one as it had red fault lights that would come on. I had them out about 5 times until they got the lights to all turn green.

Had I had some annual maintenance done this problem could have been fixed in the first year and probably only cost me a few hundred dollars instead of thousands of dollars.
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Alright, thanks for the responses. The warranty covers parts only, no labor. I'll see what DH thinks and we'll make a decision. We did have some trouble when it was first installed, which they straightened out, no charge, so I'm comfortable that it's working well now. Maybe while we're renting it out we'll have someone check it every couple years just in case. We tend to keep an eye on things when we're living there but I don't expect the tenants will pay as much attention.
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I regard the maintenance contract we have on our AC/heat units as a luxury I allow myself. We have two units. One is a conventional AC with elecric resistance heating and the other is a heat pump. We had both units installed in the year 2000. One year's maintenance was included with the purchase price. After that, I was spoiled.

The guys (our old friends) come out 4 times a year (we live in the country), change filters, check freon (add, if needed), and clean (wash down) the outside units. They charge about $475 total per year to do both units.

They say we get priority service and a discount if we need repair work.

I have had experience with gas, oil and radiator heating. I don't want them in my house. We do have two woodburning fireplaces.
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Maybe while we're renting it out we'll have someone check it every couple years just in case. We tend to keep an eye on things when we're living there but I don't expect the tenants will pay as much attention.
If you're renting this place out, you may want to do this annually. Last thing I'd want is to have a carbon monoxide issue and find you had a problem that went unchecked and lawsuits....I'm not a landlord, this is the part that always scared me.
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