Over the years, I’ve learned the importance of proactive maintenance for household appliances and systems. I’ve enrolled in a service plan with a local contractor who specializes in electric, plumbing and HVAC. The company sends licensed contractors to the house twice per year to troubleshoot and prevent problems. I can be sure that everything is working safely and properly. A qualified plumber inspects the drains, pipes, fixtures, sump pump, septic and water heater. He checks for leaks, corrosion and blockages, and helps me to avoid water damage, flooding, lack of pressure and backups. A certified electrician verifies the integrity of the power lines, breaker panel and appliance hookups. The HVAC technicians are NATE-certified, factory authorized, and handle the upkeep of the furnace and air conditioner. In the fall, the contractor carefully cleans, adjusts and inspects the heating system. He tightens electrical connections, lubricates the motor, and takes care of any buildup of dust within the inner workings. The technician returns in the spring to repeat the process with the air conditioner. He targets issues with mold and mildew growth on the cooling coil, which could potentially lead to health concerns. Because of these services, the furnace and air conditioner cost less to operate and provide superior comfort. The equipment runs more reliably, should last longer, and provides more even and superior comfort. By scheduling annual, professional service, I fulfill the requirements of the manufacturer’s warranty of my various appliances. The contractor also stands behind their work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If there’s any problems, I don’t pay for replacement parts and get a discount on labor. I also benefit from priority service and no extra charge for overtime service.