Should You Make Home HVAC Repairs without a Warranty?

The purchase of a new heating or cooling system often raises issues about the HVAC warranty. What if something goes wrong with this new equipment? What do you need to do to ensure that your investment is covered?  And what about longer-term security—do you need more coverage than the standard HVAC warranty?

The HVAC industry is responsive to consumer concerns, as evidenced by the improved energy efficiency and reliability of today’s units. Here’s the status of the typical available HVAC warranty, along with information to help you decide whether more coverage is required.

Standard Warranty

Every new air conditioner or furnace with a major brand name automatically comes with a standard warranty. Some manufacturers require that you register the unit to receive the full standard coverage term (usually up to 10 years). Or, the HVAC contractor who sold the unit often registers it for you.

The typical standard HVAC warranty offers repair or replacement of parts that fail during the covered time frame, as well as any issues relating to poor workmanship. One notable item not covered, however, is often the substantial labor charges for needed repairs. Problems due to improper installation by the contractor or lack of regular maintenance are not included in standard warranty terms.

Installation Warranty

To supplement a standard HVAC warranty, an installation warranty provided by the contractor who installs it is also provided at no charge. It covers repairs needed due to damage during installation or subsequent problems related to the installation process.

Planned-Service Options

Service plans sold by reputable HVAC contractors include scheduled annual maintenance checks (usually required by the manufacturer’s standard warranty), along with certain specified labor costs.

Combined with the manufacturer’s standard HVAC warranty, planned service fills in the gaps and makes repairs less likely, but also at a discount or free to the homeowner if they’re needed. Regular professional maintenance also increases reliability and supports maximum HVAC efficiency and performance.

Ask Paitson Bros. for more information about an HVAC warranty to protect your investment. In Terre Haute, we’ve been your trusted source for reliable heating and cooling sales and service since 1922.

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