The decision to buy a new heating and cooling system is crucial. Not only are you investing in your home or office space, but you also want to ensure that you get a long-lasting unit. An HVAC warranty can give you peace of mind by protecting your investment. As you make your decision, consider the warranties provided by various companies. This warranty can save you a lot of money and frustration in HVAC repair.
To get the most out of your coverage, HVAC experts at Pioneers Heating and Air compiled the most important factors to consider in a warranty. Carefully assess these critical areas when purchasing a new HVAC system to get the most out of it.
Things to Look For in an HVAC Warranty
Check the Overall HVAC Warranty Terms
When purchasing an HVAC system, it is critical to consider the terms and how long its warranty lasts. Almost all manufacturers provide a five-year warranty on their equipment, but for most brands, that warranty is extended to ten years if the product is registered. Therefore, choose a system from a reputable manufacturer who will stand behind their product for many years.
Make sure to register your equipment, as you only get the ten-year warranty if the product is registered. There are HVAC contractors who will register the new equipment on your behalf, which is why their warranties are for ten years by default. Others provide a five-year warranty, then give you the information required to register the product on your own, effectively doubling the time frame.
Look at Parts Warranty Terms
HVAC unit warranties can differ significantly in terms of coverage and duration. For example, some warranties cover only specific equipment parts, whereas others cover the entire unit. Furthermore, warranties may differ based on the expected service life of the HVAC unit. When working with a contractor, make sure to inquire about any warranty-processing fees that may be applicable. Even when the warranty covers replacement parts, the contracting company or manufacturer may charge these fees to process required documentation.
Consider an Extended HVAC Warranty
You may be offered extended warranties that extend parts or labor coverage by five to ten years. However, be wary if a sales agent pressures you to buy this type of warranty, as this could indicate the system’s quality. Meanwhile, learn all the details about the extended warranty, such as:
- When the warranty coverage begins
- How long will it take for a technician to repair the HVAC system
- The dealer’s history in handling complaints
- How long they have been in the industry
Voiding the HVAC Warranty by Accident
A simple error could void the entire warranty. Here are some examples:
- Hiring an uncertified contractor to install or repair the unit
- Failure to register the HVAC system and warranty with the manufacturer within the required time frame
- Using non-OEM replacement parts in heating or air conditioner repair
- Neglecting annual professional maintenance
Read the Installation Documentation
In addition to the manufacturer’s warranty, reputable HVAC dealers and contractors back up their work with guarantees. These protect you if an HVAC unit is damaged during installation. Although the best contractors will provide a written 100% money-back guarantee on their installation work, it is also critical to ask any questions you may have along the way.
Pioneers Heating and Air is your one-stop shop for all your heating and cooling needs in South Pasadena. Our team of experts can assist you with everything from AC repair to heating installation. We provide complete HVAC services, including heating installation and air conditioning installation, maintenance, and repairs. We also offer various warranty options to meet your specific requirements, from standard to extended warranties. Contact us today at (626) 217-0559 to schedule a consultation.