How Florida Homeowners May Be Accidentally Voiding HVAC Warranties

what can void an hvac warrantyThere are no guarantees in life, but a warranty comes pretty close. Whether for your car, small appliances or HVAC equipment, it’s important that you take the time to read it through right down to the fine print. Knowing what can void an HVAC warranty can help you get maximum protection for your heating and cooling equipment.

Warranties 101

While the specifics will vary between manufacturers, warranties usually have the same basic provisions. For example:

  • Forget about labor. Since the manufacturer has no control over the installation, you won’t find a warranty for parts and labor — especially one that spans the lifetime of the equipment. A typical manufacturer’s warranty will only cover parts, with the stipulation that the system was installed by a licensed professional and that the part failed because of a manufacturer’s defect.
  • Focus on the big ticket items. Expect only major parts to be covered; you’ll be expected to shoulder the cost for air filters, fan belts, electrical wiring, routine maintenance and more.

What Can Void an HVAC Warranty

  1. Improper installation. A shoddy installation can lead to all sorts of issues. Hire a reputable, licensed company to perform the work to keep your warranty intact.
  2. Failure to register. Read the fine print; most warranties require you to register them and within a certain time. Failing to do so may void the agreement or significantly reduce its length.
  3. Use of aftermarket parts. It may be cheaper to use another brand of replacement parts, but it can cost you more in the long run when those same parts nullify your warranty.
  4. Lackluster maintenance. In addition to the increased comfort and efficiency that comes with annual maintenance, it will help keep your warranty valid, as regular service is typically required.
  5. Missing receipts. You may be asked to provide proof of repairs or maintenance, so be sure to keep track of all service receipts.

For more information on what can void an HVAC warranty, or any other HVAC concerns, give us a call at Custom Air & Plumbing. We’ve been serving homeowners in Sarasota and the surrounding areas for more than 20 years.

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