6 Ways You Can Accidentally Void Your HVAC Warranty
Most HVAC systems come with a limited manufacturer’s warranty that will cover certain repairs and replacements. Manufacturers cannot guarantee perfect parts or assembly for every system, so the warranty makes them responsible for any failures that are their fault. This is a big deal for home and business owners, who will save hundreds to thousands of dollars if their system fails under warranty. That said, there are a number of things you can do to make the failure your fault in your manufacturer’s eyes, thereby voiding your HVAC warranty. Learn how to avoid them!
The easiest way to protect your HVAC warranty is to read it all the way through and follow the terms of the agreement!
1. Improper Installation
If you do not install your HVAC system properly, any failure that occurs could be the result of improper installation, and therefore not your manufacturer’s fault. Be sure to hire an HVAC professional to ensure your new system is installed properly and to keep your warranty intact.
2. Failure to Register Your HVAC System
Some warranties require you to register your HVAC system within a certain period of time after purchase and installation to stay valid. Make sure you register within this time period to prevent your warranty from becoming void. This is typically very easy and can be done online.
3. No Annual Maintenance
We talk about the importance of annual HVAC maintenance a lot. Manufacturers understand the value of it too. No matter how new and high-functioning the HVAC system, it still needs regular check-ups and tune-ups to avoid failure. That’s why your manufacturer will void the warranty on a system that has not received annual maintenance from a trained HVAC professional. Keep your HVAC warranty intact by scheduling annual maintenance with someone who knows how to keep the terms of the warranty and your manufacturer’s requirements.
4. Wrong Replacement Parts
Manufacturers will not guarantee other manufacturer’s parts. Therefore, if you want your warranty to remain valid, you will have to use the manufacturer’s brand of parts. These are made by the manufacturer to be compatible with their system, so any problems they cause will be the manufacturer’s responsibility, not yours. Not so with other parts brands.
5. Not Hiring a Professional
In order for your HVAC warranty to remain valid, all installations, repairs, and replacements must be performed by a licensed HVAC professional. The manufacturer is not responsible for problems caused by incorrect HVAC work, so do not DIY or allow your uncle, brother, or cousin to fix your HVAC system.
6. Lack of Documentation
If something happens to your HVAC system and you reach out to your manufacturer regarding repairs on warranty, they will want to see documentation of the above list; they will want to know that you receive annual maintenance for your HVAC system, that you have used the correct parts for any replacements, and that a professional has conducted any installation, replacements, or repairs needed. In general, keep documentation of any work or purchases that pertain to your HVAC system in order to keep your warranty valid.
Home and business owners who take proper care of their HVAC system do not need to worry about voiding their warranty. If you register your system, schedule your annual maintenance, always work with a professional, and keep documentation of everything, you should be good to go! Professionals like our staff at Moore Heating are trained to keep manufacturer’s requirements. Does your HVAC system need a tune-up? We serve Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley. Give us a call today!