Warranties can be tricky.
We all want the peace of mind that comes with knowing that we won’t have to pay too much to repair fairly new products.
But not all warranties are the same. Some offer more than others, which is why it pays to do some research before you buy. In this blog post, we’ll look at what to expect from a good HVAC warranty.
1. A longer term
When we say “term,” we’re referring to the length of the warranty. HVAC systems are designed to last for several years, so a trustworthy heating and cooling manufacturer will stand by its product for more than just a couple of years.
Major HVAC repairs can get expensive, which is why a longer-term warranty is so important. But keep in mind that heating and cooling units that carry a lifetime warranty may not always cover labor costs. If they do cover labor costs, that coverage might end after the first year.
Use caution if your HVAC manufacturer is encouraging you to sign an extended warranty. This might be a signal that you’re dealing with a lower-quality system. It’s a good idea to ask some questions here, specifically long your contractor has been operating and how long the typical wait time is for a repair.
2. Parts coverage
While your system has an overall warranty, there will likely be warranties covering individual components in your HVAC system. As time goes by, the number of parts still covered by warranties will shrink. Make sure you hold onto these warranties for when you need service.
Your warranty might offer coverage for different parts over different time frames. For example, the heat exchange in your furnace might have a 20-year warranty for the part itself but not offer a warranty on labor, while other parts might have just a 10-year warranty.
The company that installs your HVAC system should be ready to stand by their work, just as the manufacturer is ready to stand by theirs. This means guaranteeing their work and being willing to fix it in case something goes wrong.
4. Voiding the warranty
Your HVAC warranty might end up being void if you take the wrong steps. Things like neglecting yearly maintenance, failing to use approved replacement parts and not registering the warranty or your system on time are all things that can void HVAC warranties.
How to ensure you get the best HVAC warranty
There’s an unfortunate misconception among HVAC buyers that every quote they get will carry the same 10-year warranty.
This is only partially true. Most manufacturers DO offer a 10-year warranty on parts. However, there’s a vast difference between a warranty offered by a manufacturer and one offered by a contractor.
Some contracts will provide a 10-year warranty that covers parts and labor, while others will only offer a warranty for one year.
And keep in mind that warranties from manufacturers will only cover parts made by that company, meaning you might have to spend a lot of money in labor costs to replace an inexpensive component if something goes wrong.
Our advice: do your homework. Find out if the manufacturer’s warranty covers the cost of shipping your HVAC unit back to them. Look at reviews to see what other customers experienced.
At this point, you might be thinking, “Isn’t there a warranty that covers everything?”
Fortunately, there is. All Seasons Comfort Control offers a unique HVAC warranty that does cover everything, including labor.
Better still, customers who take part in our gold or platinum maintenance plan receive a separate three-year warranty on all repairs.
Get in touch with us today to speak to a consultant. We’ll be happy to tell you all about our warranty, designed to put our customers first.