These days it’s easy to just check a box, instantly agreeing, with little forethought, to an online contract. But if you want to get the most from your HVAC warranty, then take the time to really understand it. Here are some of the most important factors to consider:
New HVAC equipment typically comes with a manufacturing company’s ‘limited’ warranty. Usually ‘limited’ means the following:
- The warranty only covers parts, not labor, and then only if a licensed air conditioning contractor attests that the problem is caused by an equipment defect.
- Mostly manufacturer warranties cover large system components, like the compressor or motor, but when it comes parts such as air filters, fan belts and electrical wiring you are on your own. In this case it is best to have a qualified HVAC contractor maintain them properly.
- If you don’t know the terms of your manufacturer’s warranties call the company’s customer support number with the model number, serial number, and (ideally) date of installation.
The licensed air conditioning contractor that installed your system may offer an extended parts and labor warranty. This, combined with the manufacturer warranty, can be beneficial. It will provide longer-term protection and savings if something goes wrong with the system.
Air Conditioning Maintenance Plans Matter
Having a maintenance agreement with your HVAC provider is an essential part of getting the most out of your warranty.
- Most warranties only remain valid if your system is serviced by a certified HVAC contractor and if those services are completed according to a certain timeline.
- Scheduled service tune-ups can save you both money and worry. With regular maintenance, you are more likely to avoid unexpected breakdowns and catch problems early. This avoids unnecessary repairs and keeps your HVAC efficiency high so your energy bills remain low.
Avoid the void
It is essential that you adhere to the terms of your HVAC warranty if you don’t want to void its legitimacy. Here are five things that will almost certainly become a problem:
- Not registering the warranty with the manufacturer, registration is not required by law but it makes a claim easier
- Using replacement parts that are not certified by your manufacturer
- Improper installation of the equipment, especially by an uncertified service company
- Ignoring or neglecting scheduled maintenance
- Not being able to provide a record of, and all the receipts for, your installation and occurrences of HVAC maintenance and service.