A standard manufacturer’s HVAC warranty will be included when you purchase a new unit. These warranties differ depending on the brand and model and can last between 5-15 years. However, there are some things you should do to keep your HVAC units running properly and their warranties intact.
Ways You Can Inadvertently Void Your HVAC Warranty
Failing to Register the HVAC Warranty
To keep your HVAC warranty valid, you must register your new equipment within the manufacturer’s specified time frame. It is typically one of the first steps after installation. Some installers may be able to do this for you, so be sure to ask your technician about this before they leave.
Registering your warranty immediately after you purchase a new HVAC product is essential. If you do not, you may have problems down the road. Furthermore, getting the information and registering it later when you need to repair your system can be a hassle and delay maintenance.
Using Non-OEM Components is Against HVAC Warranty
Your HVAC unit’s components may seem interchangeable. But the fact is that each model and brand of HVAC system has its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. And you may be tempted to buy a generic replacement part when one component breaks. However, using non-OEM parts in your HVAC system may void its existing warranty.
Replacement parts are designed to match up with specific HVAC models. Although generic parts are less expensive, they may not perform the same way as the original parts designed for your system. They could break down faster and need frequent repairs in the long run. So make sure to get the right components in the first place to avoid unplanned costs to your budget.
Neglecting Annual Maintenance Voids HVAC Warranty
HVAC systems require routine maintenance. Since most manufacturers provide a warranty on their products, doing the necessary upkeep ensures the validity of your HVAC warranty. And if your system fails before its scheduled maintenance, you may be eligible for a warranty insurance rebate on repairs or replacements.
You can keep the validity of your HVAC warranty by having a full inspection report signed by a dealer every 12 months. Fortunately, heating and cooling service provider Pioneers Heating and Air offers annual maintenance plans. So, make sure you schedule one for your HVAC system. Just remember to get adequate documentation of the maintenance service each year.
DIY Repairs and Hiring Unlicensed HVAC Technicians
Not hiring a certified, licensed contractor to install the unit or make repairs is a simple mistake that could void the system unit’s full warranty. Only an authorized contractor or manufacturer representative should repair your HVAC system. Performing repair on your own, or hiring the wrong contractor, could void your HVAC warranty coverage.
While you could save money by not hiring licensed professionals, it is not worth risking your safety and equipment performance. So instead, contact Pioneers Heating and Air to take care of your system so it works at peak performance for many years to come.
Moving Your HVAC System to Another Location
Most manufacturers’ contracts state that the HVAC system’s original place of installation is required for warranty coverages to be valid. Therefore, check your manufacturer’s contract if you plan to relocate your HVAC system after it has been installed.
Discuss the matter with your contractor if you really must move your HVAC unit to another location (because of a renovation, for example). They may have to keep notes of the unit’s relocation during the contract period. Also, consult an HVAC professional for recommendations on how to move it safely.
Pioneers Heating and Air is the company to call if you are looking for licensed professionals to help with your HVAC needs! Our certified professionals are experts in all things HVAC, from air conditioner repair and furnace repair to installations and replacements. We are also proud to offer warranties on all of our work, so you can rest assured knowing your investment is protected. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation!