Buying a new heating and cooling system is a major investment. As such, you need to review your new system’s warranty features carefully. Should something go wrong after a few weeks or years, a good HVAC warranty can minimize the repair expenses. Additionally, a solid warranty can also add value to your home and encourage potential homebuyers while it is still in effect.
A responsible homeowner should understand what is included in a warranty. In today’s article, A/C and Refrigeration highlights the important aspects to look for.
A warranty’s term refers to the duration of the coverage. Since HVAC repairs can be costly, you want warranties with the longest terms. Reputable HVAC manufacturers stand behind their products for more than a couple of years. Moreover, different parts in the system may have different coverage timeframes. For standard replaceable parts, look for coverage terms of 10 years or more. Some manufacturers may offer a lifetime warranty for expensive components such as furnace heat exchangers and air conditioner compressors, but usually only on the most expensive models.
HVAC Parts vs. Labor
It’s worth noting that most manufacturers offer warranties for the expense of parts only. Labor costs, on the other hand, are typically not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. For this reason, you may want to arrange a second warranty that provides coverage for labor costs with the contractor that sold and installed the unit.
Extended HVAC Warranty
Many manufacturers offer extended warranties that add five to 10 years to parts or labor coverage. However, if they seem pushy about selling this type of warranty, take this as a red flag. In addition, you should also learn the details regarding an extended warranty, including:
- When the warranty service is available.
- How long the contractor has been in business.
- How long you need to wait for a technician to repair the HVAC system (especially during the busiest months of the year).
If you fail to maintain your heating and cooling system, this may void your warranty. To keep it valid, manufacturers require proof of annual preventative maintenance performed by a licensed HVAC technician. Therefore, you should schedule regular tune-ups and maintenance with the contractor who sold and installed your unit.
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