Friday, June 13, 2014

Beutler Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing :: The Home Service Plan and our A/C & Plumbing Inspections

Disclosure: This is a sponsored article written by me on behalf of Beutler Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Heating. All opinions are 100% my own.

Are you running your air conditioner yet? We certainly are with this California heat wave that just arrived! I'm grateful that our A/C inspection as part of the Home Service Plan from Beutler Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing came just in time to confirm that our system is working properly. I cannot imagine having a problem with our A/C during this heat!

Beutler Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing has been a trusted service provider in the Sacramento region for over 60 years. Their highly-trained service technicians strive for excellence in all areas of the services they offer. 

You may have read about our furnace inspection last November. With summer just about here it was recently time to use the remainder of our Home Service Plan services and schedule our A/C and plumbing inspections. As a reminder, for just $169 a year the Beutler Home Service Plan includes the following:

      • Two full-service maintenance tune-ups/inspections during the year (A/C and furnace)
      • Detailed inspection and professional-grade cleaning of outdoor coil
      • Discounted diagnostic fee on all emergency service calls
      • No after-hours, overtime, weekend or holiday service charges
      • 20% discount on all HVAC system repairs
      • One-year guarantee on all repairs performed
      • Priority scheduling – guaranteed 24-hour response time
      • Transferable, should you sell your home
      • 10% discount on all plumbing repairs
      • One annual Whole House Plumbing Inspection

What a deal, huh? Don't forget to take advantage of the exclusive discount Beutler is offering on the Home Service Plan! My readers can score the HSP for just $125 instead of $169 when you follow the directions in this post to set up an appointment with the promo code. Please note this offers expires on 12/1/2014.

A/C Maintenance Tune-up/Inspection

Our A/C inspection was similar to our furnace inspection so we sort of knew what to expect. We were asked questions about how we felt our system performed, our indoor air quality and other questions about our usage. Since the summer heat can get pretty awful here, reliability is our main concern right now.

Our service technician, Hector, then went up in attic to inspect our A/C unit, including air ducts, indoor coil and all those fun parts I probably couldn't tell you about if I tried. I'm glad Hubby has a good grasp on these things so I let him take over!

Up in the attic Hector vacuumed the coil to remove all the dust he could, inspected everything and took readings of our system. He also took us photos up there to show us our unit. A nice touch was that Hector wrote our address on the coil we knew for a fact that the photos were an honest look at our own unit. We really appreciated that.

Hector took more detailed photos of what he did in the attic, and of what parts that needed servicing. Among many other small recommendations, it was suggested that we shorten a section of the air ducts to improve air flow into our two bedrooms instead of the squiggly mess it is right now. We expected this of course since we received the same recommendation after our furnace inspection.

After this he went in backyard and inspected our outdoor A/C unit. Hector professionally cleaned it and checked the refrigerant levels.

Whole House Plumbing Inspection

A plumbing inspection from Beutler isn't just a look at your pipes under the sink and a look at your water heater. Your toilets, water dispenser from your refrigerator, water pressure and more are all discussed. 

Our knowledgeable service technician, Alex, took a great amount of time and care to go through every plumbing related item in our home. He was very friendly and Hubby really enjoyed talking to him since he used to sell plumbing when we were first married. There were several notable issues that Alex helped us with.

First, our kitchen faucet has been leaking on occasion lately. Our technician pointed our that the manufacturer of our faucet holds a lifetime warranty, which means we should be able to call them to get the parts we need to solve it.

While in the kitchen we were asked how old the water filter was in our refrigerator. Well, it was over a year and a half old (we'd never changed it), but the light was still green so we assumed we just hadn't used it enough. WRONG. After our inspection we immediately went out and bought a new water filter and noticed a huge improvement in the taste of our water. I don't even want to think about all the nastiness we've been drinking!

Another issue Alex helped us with was our newly installed toilet in the guest bathroom. For some reason it had not been flushing fully every time and we were about to call the manufacturer. But Alex made a quick adjustment and was able to quickly solve the issue and get our toilet flushing normally. Phew!

We mentioned that the water pressure was low in the backyard. Once he drained our water heater, Alex let us know that our expansion tank failed and needs to be replaced. We feel he was very honest and provided the benefits and disadvantages of this and other service recommendations.

Also in the backyard Alex tightened valves on the side yard hose bibb and water main that we mentioned leak occasionally, and he even showed us the simple fix we can do ourselves in the future if needed.


Our Final Thoughts on Beutler

Our recent appointments with Beutler have exceeded my expectations once again. Hubby and I have been impressed with each of our service technicians, who have been genuinely interested in providing accurate, helpful information on the status of our furnace, A/C and plumbing systems. Repair suggestions have not felt like a hard sell, but instead have made us aware of our units' conditions, and urgency of repairs if we desire to extend their use.  

As you can see, the Home Service Plan is worth the low cost of $169 each year. Not only do you get three maintenance tune-ups/inspections (A/C, furnace and plumbing) for this price, but you also get plenty of extras including discounts too. Having the assurance that our systems are currently operational has really been priceless as we continue to invest and focus on other areas of our home. 

If you're in the Sacramento area, be sure to consider Beutler for all your air conditioning, heating and plumbing needs. You can expect professional expertise with every service provided.


Dede said...

That is such a great price, especially with the discount through your blog! We have a similar plan through a place local to us and it's been a big lifesaver. I wish ours included plumbing services too. Huge bonus!

MikiHope said...

That company really does a thorough job for a good price. I love that they take pics of the unit--just in case.

Sharon Martin said...

$125 for a worry free year is so worth it, it can cost a fortune to gets these repaired.

Cheap Is The *New* Classy said...

Our air conditioning hasn't seemed to work like it should for a couple of summers now. We got it checked by a local company {not the one in your article} and they said it was "fine," but still, it's super hot or super cold in here, lol. And it varies all day {no matter what we have the thermostat set on}.

I wish your guys were near me. I would love a 2nd opinion. :)

Rebecca Swenor said...

I would consider this a great company when they pointed out so many things to you. Great costumer service. Thanks for sharing.

Amber B said...

This is a GREAT price when my air conditioner started leaking of course it was after house so just to come they charged me $85. The problem and mess could have been prevented with an annual inspection because it was just a clogged pipe.

tara pittman said...

It is great when you can find a trusted company. We had a heating company tell us our furnace was ten years older than the house. We had a friend in the heating buisness look at it and he told us they lied to us.