HVAC warranties are a smart investment that can help you protect yourself against pricey repairs down the line. However, not all warranties are created equal. Make sure you understand the terms and requirements for your warranty to ensure you have full protection. With the right warranty, you’ll enjoy affordable coverage for the essential HVAC system in your Port Saint Lucie, Florida, home.
It Covers a Specific Term
HVAC warranties are valid only for a specified period of time. It’s important to understand the terms of your warranty, so you know how long it lasts. If you’re nearing the end of your warranty period, it’s a good idea to have your system inspected to make sure everything’s in working order. If any parts are failing, you should look into replacing them while you can still get coverage under your warranty.
HVAC warranties vary greatly, and may cover your unit for five, 10, or even 20 years. If you have a lifetime warranty, read the fine print to find out exactly what that means. It often refers to the lifetime of the unit, in which case you’ll need to know how long your dealer or manufacturer expects your HVAC system to last.
Each Part May Have Different Coverage
HVAC parts warranties often offer a different level of coverage for each part. You may get a longer warranty for one component than another. Read through the terms of the warranty carefully to make sure you understand what’s available. If you skim the verbiage too quickly, you may see the term 20-year coverage and assume that this covers all parts, when in fact it applies to just one.
Manufacturer’s Warranties Don’t Cover Labor
If you only have a manufacturer warranty, this won’t cover the necessary labor for repairs or replacements. You may get a free replacement part, but you’ll still have to pay for service and installation. This can leave you with significant service costs. Some companies charge a warranty processing fee as well. This fee covers the work involved in filing the necessary paperwork to obtain the parts covered under your warranty.
Speak with your contractor about estimated service costs when you’re scheduling your appointment. Don’t expect a free visit if you’re only covered by a manufacturer’s warranty.
Dealers’ Warranties Have Comprehensive Coverage
If you purchase warranty from your HVAC dealer, you can get a better deal on both parts and service if your system fails. Dealers’ warranties typically apply to new installations. If your brand new system isn’t delivering adequate comfort levels, a good dealer will return to remedy any installation errors, free of charge.
The most common dealer warranty will cover your new heating or cooling unit for the first year of use. This should include both parts and labor for any issues that arise in the first year. This is a standard inclusion with new system installations and something that you should always look for.
You Must Be Careful to Keep the Warranty Valid
Both manufacturer’s warranties and dealer warranties are valid only under specific terms. If you’re not careful, you may void your warranty accidentally. Read through your warranty carefully, to make sure you understand all the terms and requirements.
If you source a replacement part from another manufacturer, or fail to use a certified service technician to install the part, your parts warranty will not cover the unauthorized replacement. Your dealer’s warranty will be invalid if you have another company attend to repairs or attempt a DIY repair yourself. Annual maintenance is also required for long term warranties. If you skip your yearly maintenance visits, you’ll find that most manufacturers’ warranties are void.
When you first sign up for an HVAC warranty, make sure to complete all the necessary paperwork. Many warranties aren’t valid until you register your equipment, and homeowners often forget this step. If you have an active warranty in place, always let your contractor know when you schedule an appointment for HVAC repairs. Preferred Air Conditioning and Mechanical, Inc. will help you make the most of your warranty plan. Call us at 772-905-3358 to learn more.
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