Specifics to Look for in HVAC Warranties

Posted on: 29 August 2017

Going by the current market prices for brands such as Trane, Goodman, American Standard, Carrier, Daikin, and others, it is evident that purchasing a heating and cooling system is a major capital investment for your home. When comparing the different types of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, you must also factor in the warranties offered in addition to the features and costs.

Assume you buy a HVAC unit, and something goes wrong within the first few weeks or years, a warranty can come to your rescue by lowering your out-of-pocket repair expenses and the frustration that comes with a broken-down heating or cooling system. Warranties are different and below are some of the things to look at as you assess the type and value of your warranty.

Warranty Term This refers to the duration within which the warranty will remain effective. Since HVAC systems can last up to 20 years, having a lengthy warranty term is a plus for any HVAC buyer. However, it is important to note that most warranties that cover longer periods or even the entire lifetime of the units may not cover labour related expense incurred after the first couple of years.

Parts Warranties It is common for HVAC dealers and manufactures to give you extended warranties with varying timeframes for the different parts of your HVAC system. For instance, a heat exchanger may have 20-year warranty, but some of its parts may have 5 or 10-year warranties. It is also important to find out from your HVAC contractor if the manufacturer or contracting company has a fee imposed on warranty processing. This fee generally covers any warranty-related paperwork and applies even in instances where parts are covered.

Voiding of Warranties Did you know that a simple and often innocent mistake can void your HVAC warranty? Some of the mistakes commonly committed such as not hiring licensed HVAC contractors during the installation and repair of your unit or failure to register your system and warranty with your manufacturer within the specified time. Ensure you are aware of these pitfalls as they can potentially jeopardise the validity of your warranty.

Installation Warranty Manufacturers or HVAC dealers often stand behind the services they offer by providing you with an installation warranty which covers any accidental damage happening during the process of installation or installation-related issues which develop later. The bottom line to any warranty is that it should sufficiently cover you so as to give you peace of mind and the professional assurance that your appliance will serve you.