What could void your HVAC warranty? You're ready to schedule a heating installation service. But you want to protect your new investment. Before you buy, install, or service a furnace or air conditioner, take a look at what you need to know about manufacturer's warranties.
What Is An HVAC Warranty?
This type of contract is an agreement from the manufacturer of an HVAC product to provide protection against some types of breakdowns, malfunctions, failures, or other heating issues due to a defect in the equipment/machinery. But this doesn't mean the warranty will cover every potential problem, pay for the replacement of all parts, include repair-related expenses due to lack of maintenance or other similar types of damage, or provide you with a full replacement HVAC system someday.
Does An HVAC Warranty Cover Labor?
A manufacturer's warranty typically covers the cost of parts replacement for defective or damaged system components. Again, warranties won't cover every issue or problem that could cause an HVAC system failure. If you want to reduce the expense-related risks of a premature furnace, boiler, or heater breakdown, talk to your contractor about a separate labor warranty or guarantee. The contractor or a third-party company (not the manufacturer) may offer this type of coverage.
What Events, Activities, or Incidents Could Void the Warranty?
It's possible for a consumer to accidentally void their warranty. Failure to use the warranty in the specified period of time will turn previously eligible repairs or replacements into out-of-pocket expenses. Review the warranty for the expiration date or the number of years it remains valid before you invest in a new heating or cooling appliance.
Along with the amount of time the warranty remains valid, some activities (or lack of activities) and incidents may void the contract. The manufacturer may require professional heating system installation. If you choose a DIY method or ask/hire someone who isn't a brand-authorized contractor to install the system, you may void the manufacturer's warranty. You may also need to register the product after installation to activate or validate the warranty with the manufacturer.
Like a DIY installation, do-it-yourself repairs could also interfere with your warranty. Damage or other problems that result from repairs you try yourself (or any other unauthorized/non-professional person) would not fall under the warranty's coverage and could void the rest of the agreement.
Do You Need To Schedule Routine Maintenance?
Some manufacturers’ warranties will require consumers to complete routine maintenance tasks to validate a warranty. These are not self-care or DIY care activities. Instead, you will need to schedule regular preventative service calls with a local HVAC service such as American Air Heating & Air Conditioning.