The last time I bought a brand new car from the dealership, I decided to get a maintenance warranty to cover any adjustments, oil changes, fluid refills, tire rotations, and any other seasonal car service work and repairs. Thus far, I’ve saved hundreds of dollars on these services by getting the warranty when I bought the car. I had family members at the time telling me that I was throwing good money after bad, but now I realize they were wrong. In the time since, I also purchased a cleaning and maintenance contract for my swimming pool. No matter what needs to be done to keep the pool clean and running smoothly is covered by the annual fee I pay to the pool maintenance company. I approached my HVAC supplier to see if I could get a similar repair contract on my heating and cooling system. I use my air conditioner a lot more than some people do in this country because of the extreme heat in my region throughout the year. I’m using my air conditioner in my house from the morning to the late evening, and I keep it on while I sleep as well. With this much air conditioner use, I want to get more maintenance inspections each year than someone in a northern climate. I don’t want to find out something is broken after it’s already too late. The inspections included in the service and maintenance contract are meant to catch these problems while they can still be fixed. You want to find out you’re low on coolant before it causes permanent cracks to form in your evaporator coil. With everything considered, I pay a fraction of the cost for HVAC maintenance with my current annual contract compared to before. I’d simply call when something quit working, often at the point where an expensive part needed to be replaced.