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Protecting Your Condo from the Polar Vortex

Sunday, February 3, 2019   /   by Jason Kirby

Protecting Your Condo from the Polar Vortex

These recent, record-setting low temperatures can be a true test of our homes’ systems. Just the other morning I woke up to an unusual sound outside my house. The compressor was having trouble starting and about every minute or so it was creating a loud and brief humming noise.


Fortunately, I have a service plan with a local heating and air company. One advantage of such a  plan is they often include regular visits to service your system. Another feature, most important during times like this, is it provides you with expedited service when something goes wrong.


Systems typically fail during the time of year when they are most used. Those times are often the dead of winter or the peak of summer; times when you can least afford to go without them. In my case, having a bit of foresite to purchase the plan last year meant that I went to the top of the service list on that freezing day.


One advantage to owning a condo is that you have greatly reduced your exposure to certain home-ownership costs such as needing to replace a roof, yard maintenance, etc. However, your HVAC system remains a costly component and it would be prudent to have a plan in place to ensure proper servicing and maintenance of the unit.

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Some local companies providing such plans include:
Albemarle Heating & Air
Plans Starting at $184 p/year (includes servicing twice p/year and discounts on equipment)
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Jones Heating & Air
Plans Starting at $198 p/year (includes servicing twice p/year)
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R.E. Boggs, Inc.

Plans Starting at $198 p/year (includes servicing twice p/year and discounts on repairs)
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If you are considering one of these plans, I recommend you call each so you can then best compare coverage options and determine which is best suited to your needs. By ensuring your unit is regularly serviced, you can rest easier and enjoy whatever Mother Nature throws at you this season!

As always, if you are thinking about selling your home and would like to have a conversation to discuss your options, you can contact me here.

If you are interested in buying, you can search here for homes for sale in Carriage Hill.
Keller Williams Realty
Quinton Beckham
3510 Remson Ct., Suite 301
Charlottesville, VA 22901
434-242-6212

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