When looking for a reliable contractor, you may have stumbled across the term “service call fee.” Also known as a “trip charge,” this fee is the amount an HVAC company bills for sending a technician to your home when your heating or cooling begins acting up.
A service call fee includes the cost of traveling to your home. After all, this takes time, uses fuel, and accumulates wear and tear on the company vehicle. Keep in mind that service call fees don’t often include parts and labor if you opt for a repair or replacement.
Every HVAC company chooses how much to charge for a service call. Some companies use a standard or flat rate for each service call, while others increase the cost if the home is somewhere outside the established service radius. The exact cost varies by market and company, but you should expect an average trip charge to be anywhere from $79 to $129.
If you schedule a service call, you will need to pay the trip charge regardless of what step you take after. For example, you may decide to accept the technician’s recommended repair or replacement, depending on which choice is more cost effective.
You are encouraged to find several job estimates from local HVAC companies—just remember that you can end up paying a trip charge for every one. Even if you take no action after the initial service call, you will still owe the technician a fee for coming to your home and completing diagnostics.
A simple way to minimize trip charges is to participate in an HVAC membership from A-Plus. All four of our memberships include a waived service call fee, meaning we’ll come to your home and evaluate your HVAC system for free.
Additional money-saving benefits of an HVAC maintenance membership include:
If your furnace or air conditioner is malfunctioning, or you’re considering an affordable HVAC maintenance plan, A-Plus is ready to help. We charge some of the lowest service call fees to get your HVAC repair or replacement started. We are also happy to help our customers save money on emergency repairs, replacements and maintenance with special offers on our website. If you’re looking to enjoy savings and peace of mind while boosting efficiency and home comfort, give us a call at 301-747-3140 today!
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