A homeowner understands what a large undertaking a house can be. Besides taking care of the structural elements like the roof, windows, doors, and insulation, one also needs to keep an eye on the innards of the house. The HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system is vital for keeping your home comfortable and breathable all year long. With such an important role, it requires a decent warranty. To help you make a better-informed decision with your new HVAC system, consider the elements of an HVAC warranty.
The first part to consider with an HVAC warranty is its length. Systems come with a base warranty of typically one year. However, if you or your installation company registers your unit, you can get the full warranty, which can be from 10-12 years. Another important question to ask about the warranty’s length is whether it is prorated or not. Proration means that something is spread out evenly over something. In the case of an HVAC warranty, it will only cover 50% of the repair costs if 50% of the time the warranty lasts has passed. Put another way, if the warranty lasts ten years and the machine breaks down after five, the warranty guarantees that it will only pay for half of the repair cost. A non-prorated warranty is better because it will cover 100% of the repair cost no matter how much or little time has passed.
Besides the length of coverage, it is just as essential to know what the warranty covers and what it does not. Most HVAC warranties are parts only. Meaning a 10-year manufacturer warranty is only the part and not the labor, or refrigerant to re-install the part. Some manufacturers like Waterfurnace offer a labor allowance. This allowance gives a budgeted amount of money towards the labor cost as well as the part.
There are also items that warranties never cover, such as damage due to natural disaster, or neglect. An example of this is filter replacement. If you don’t change your filter regularly, it can cause damage to internal parts of your system, and these parts may not be covered under warranty because of the neglect. In addition, items like filters and drain cleaning are not covered under warranty; they are similar to changing your oil or rotating your tires. These items need to be replaced regularly for proper operation of the system. It is also very important to choose an installation company that offers an installation warranty. Good installation companies offer their own warranty in addition to the manufacturer’s warranty.
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