How to Make Sure That Your HVAC Warranty Is on Your Side

If you’re considering a new furnace or air conditioner, the details included in the HVAC warranty are among the most important considerations. The expected service life of HVAC components today is longer than ever. A unit you purchase today will likely be installed in your home for many years. If a problem occurs over that time span, you’ll want the most favorable HVAC warranty terms on your side.

Three HVAC Warranty Types

  • The manufacturer’s HVAC warranty is supplied by the maker of the system. To activate the warranty, register the unit with the manufacturer at the time of installation.
  • An installation warranty, usually offered by your local HVAC contractor, covers the process of installing the system in your home.
  • Extended warranties are long-term plans, most often offered by third-party companies.

Getting Down to Details

Put simply, the manufacturer’s warranty covers parts that fail within the covered time frame, as well as issues relating to poor factory workmanship. Manufacturer’s warranties pay for the replacement part but usually not for the labor involved.

  • Not all parts get equal coverage. General system parts may be covered for up to 10 years. However, certain high-value critical components such as the AC compressor and furnace heat exchanger usually receive longer-term coverage.
  • Defects resulting from issues such as improper system installation, DIY repairs, unauthorized replacement parts, purchase from noncertified online sellers, or incidents like fire, flood, or vandalism are typically not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

Most reputable local HVAC contractors who sell name-brand systems offer a 12-month installation warranty to cover any problems due to issues related to installation.

Extended warranties offered by third-party companies cover labor charges and may offer discounts on parts. However, these policies impose an annual premium. The recurrent yearly cost is likely to exceed the total labor charges a homeowner would normally encounter during the typical service life of a quality system from a reputable HVAC manufacturer.

For more answers to your questions about HVAC warranties, contact the experts at Paitson Bros., serving Terre Haute since 1922.

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