What HVAC Warranty Terms Should You Have for Your Unit?

HVAC warrantyHVAC warranty terms are always an important issue when considering a new air conditioner or furnace. Given the typical service life of today’s new units, you’ll probably be living with the system you select for 15 years or more — if you own the house that long.

Today’s HVAC warranty terms reflect the increased quality and longer life of new equipment, as well as higher consumer expectations for reliability and service. Here’s a rundown of what a typical manufacturer’s HVAC warranty includes.

Basic Coverage

Provided by the system manufacturer, the baseline parts-warranty coverage is five years. However, this is generally increased to 10 years by simply registering the unit with the manufacturer at time of purchase. Often, the contractor who sells the unit will handle registration for you. To comply with warranty terms, you’ll be required to schedule annual preventive maintenance.

High-Cost Components

Certain parts of your HVAC system might be prohibitively expensive to replace should the need arise. Today’s manufacturers acknowledge this and may offer specialized coverage for those components, particularly in units at the higher end of the price range.

  • The heat exchanger is a critical safety component — as well as the most costly part in a gas-fired furnace. Most major manufacturers today offer a lifetime replacement warranty to cover the heat exchanger. Usually this coverage is limited to higher-priced furnaces with high efficiency ratings.
  • Another expensive part is the air conditioner compressor. A lifetime compressor warranty is usually available from name-brand manufacturers on AC units with SEER efficiency ratings in the higher range, often above 16.

Coverage for Labor

Manufacturers’ warranties typically cover parts only and exclude labor or service costs. However, HVAC dealers usually offer extended warranties at extra cost that cover labor for up to 10 years. Because these warranties can be transferred to the next owner if you sell the house, they’re also a good opportunity to increase the home’s value.

Paitson Bros. has you covered with an HVAC warranty from name-brand manufacturers, as well as our extended labor warranties. We’ve stood by our products and services in the Wabash Valley since 1922.

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