How to decide whether to fix an old appliance or replace it
Todd's Home Services
As stated above, it can vary between companies.
Typically just an inspection implies you do not have a contract or agreement that may include discounts or free repairs.
With our company you would get the annual maintenace service that you should do every year, and if repairs are needed, they are extra, but you aviod paying a "service call charge" that would be related to most repairs, because you are paying for the "inspection" and we are already on site.
Inspections are often discounted in the slow seasons, and can usually be found advertised , at reduced prices , on Angie's List.
So consider Angie's List and find the best of the best in HVAC contractors!
Since you asked this question over a year ago, I'm pretty sure you've already made your decision but I'd like to offer you some advice. You mentioned your husband vacuumed the coils and it worked for a couple more weeks. Chances are the condenser coils were very dirty when he did this. When refrigerator condenser coils are dirty, the compressor overheats and heat will cause a compressor to fail prematurely. You should vacuum or blow out your condenser coils regularly. Today's refrigerator compressors are not made to last like they were in the past. I remember when it wasn't unusual for a compressor to last 30 years. You won't see that happen with the way refrigerator compressors are made today. Regular cleaning of your condenser coils is crucial in preventing premature failure of your compressor. For more tips, check out my article here on Angie's list titled "How To Avoid Appliance Repairs"