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How HVAC Warranties Work

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With any large piece of equipment, you will want to make sure that you are covered in the event that it breaks down. A commercial HVAC system is full of moving parts, and there is a chance that some parts could break down through no fault of your own. That’s where having a warranty comes in. There are a couple different types of warranties that cover your system and the work done to it, as well as general things to know about how the warranties work. Here is our guide to HVAC warranties:

Equipment Warranties

In a perfect world, your machinery would work 100% of the time unless you break it. Realistically, manufacturer defects happen. Under an equipment warranty, any part that becomes defective during the warranty period will be replaced free of charge. Defective does not mean broken due to user negligence or error. If you are maintaining your HVAC system regularly and still have an issue, it will be covered.

Labor Warranties

These warranties come from a company that installs equipment, like All Temp. If your system is installed properly, it can last you many years and perform well as long as it’s maintained. If the installation is not done correctly, the system may not perform well and could only last a few years. In that case, you would need to use your labor warranty. Ideally, this type of warranty would be more of a formality, and you would never have to worry about using it.

Warranty Term

A warranty term refers to how long the warranty lasts. If you keep your HVAC system maintained, it should last 20 years or longer. With how expensive HVAC repairs can be, it is worthwhile to look for a system with a long warranty. However, be careful when you see words like “lifetime warranty,” as the coverage tends to drop off after a certain period to cover less and less. In some cases, certain parts are covered for longer periods. Some parts may be covered for a full 20 years, while other parts are covered for 10. There’s a lot to read through, but it’s worth it to know how well covered you are.

Voiding Warranties 

By trying to cut corners, you may accidentally void the warranty for your HVAC system. Here is how to avoid doing so:

  • Hire licensed professionals to install your system. If it’s not properly installed, then the manufacturer cannot take the blame for any issues that arise.
  • Register your system with the manufacturer. Most manufacturers will provide you with a 5 year warranty but require you to register the product for a full 10 year warranty. 
  • Only use approved replacement parts. Otherwise, if something goes wrong, the blame will fall on you, not the manufacturer.
  • Remember to schedule annual professional maintenance, and make sure you keep the receipts. The more proof you have that you did not cause the issue, the more likely it is that the manufacturer will help you.

If you need help with air conditioning issues, reach out to our team of St. Cloud commercial HVAC experts. Along with providing warranty work for several brands, we offer emergency repairs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To learn more about our services, contact us online or give us a call at (407) 857-7800.

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