What is a Service Call Fee and How Does it Influence Me?

When hunting for a reliable contractor, you may have come across the term “service call fee.” Also named a “trip charge,” this fee is the cost an HVAC company bills for sending a technician to your home when your furnace or air conditioner seems to be working poorly. 

Why Do HVAC Companies Charge a Service Call Fee? 

A service call fee recoups the cost of traveling to your home. After all, this takes time, consumes fuel, and causes wear and tear on the company vehicle. Remember that service call fees don’t often include parts and labor if you choose to go with a repair or replacement. 

How Costly is a Service Call Fee? 

Every HVAC company chooses how much to charge for a service call. Some technicians utilize a standard or flat rate for any service call, while others raise the rate if the appointment is someplace outside the established service radius. The exact cost varies by market and company, but you could expect your usual trip charge to be around $79 to $129. 

Who Covers the Service Call Fee? 

If you schedule a service call, you will need to settle the trip charge regardless of what step you take later. For starters, you may prefer to accept the technician’s recommended repair or replacement, depending on which choice is more cost effective. 

You are encouraged to compile multiple job estimates from trusted HVAC companies—just don’t forget that you might 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. 

How Can I Skip Paying a Service Call Fee? 

A simple way to avoid trip charges is to enroll in an HVAC membership from Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. All four of our memberships provide a waived service call fee, and so we’ll come to your home and check your HVAC system for free. 

Additional money-saving benefits of an HVAC maintenance membership consist of: 

  • No overtime charges 
  • 15% savings on repairs 

If your furnace or air conditioner is working poorly, or you’re considering an affordable HVAC maintenance plan, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is happy to help. We charge some of the most inexpensive service call fees to get your HVAC repair or replacement going the right way. We are also willing to help our customers save money on emergency repairs, replacements and maintenance with worthwhile offers on our website. If you’re ready to enjoy savings and peace of mind while boosting efficiency and home comfort, give us a call at 866-397-3787 today!