New HVAC equipment comes with a warranty from the manufacturer that provides coverage against factory defects that result in component failures. If you decide against an extended warranty or yearly service agreement with your HVAC contractor, which gives you comprehensive protection, preserving the basic manufacturer’s warranty is critical.
If you aren’t aware of how voiding an HVAC warranty can occur, you may discover that you don’t have this protection against manufacturer’s defects when you need it most. There are five surefire ways you can void the manufacturer’s warranty coverage without even realizing it.
Not Registering the Warranty
The manufacturer expects you to register a new equipment warranty within a specific time frame. If you don’t, they may shorten the coverage period or advise you that the warranty is null and void.
Using Off-brand Parts for Repairs
HVAC equipment manufacturers want you to use name-brand parts for repairs during the warranty period. Opting for less expensive generic parts can save money, but it could leave you without a warranty if a major component fails.
Hiring an Inexperienced Installer
Improper installation can negatively impact HVAC system operation, reliability, energy efficiency and also the warranty. A manufacturer won’t honor a warranty claim when equipment fails due to a faulty installation.
Neglecting Preventative Maintenance
To keep the manufacturer’s warranty intact, the equipment must be maintained annually by a qualified HVAC professional. If you neglect preventative care and the equipment fails, the manufacturer may tell you that the terms of the warranty weren’t met and they won’t cover the cost of a component replacement.
Not Keeping Proof of Repairs and Service
If a covered component fails, the manufacturer will want to see proof that the warranty terms were met before they’ll replace the equipment. If you can’t provide receipts showing that annual service was performed, or that name-brand parts were used in a repair, they can deny the warranty claim.
Contact us today at Valderrama A/C & Refrigeration for expert advice that can help you prevent voiding an HVAC warranty in your South Houston, Pasadena or Pearland home.
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