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Learn More About the Most Important HVAC Warranty Features

warranty featuresWarranty features matter when you’re shopping for a new HVAC unit to replace an existing system. The quality of the warranty shows that the manufacturer stands behind the product for the long term. It’s also insurance that will protect you from potentially high repair bills if a costly component fails during the covered time period. A strong warranty also adds value to your home and can be an inducement for potential buyers should you decide to put the property on the market while the warranty is still in force.  Certain specifics should be clarified and understood in order to make an informed comparison among different models and manufacturers. Here are three important aspects to consider when you’re evaluating warranty features:

  • Parts versus labor. Most warranties provided by HVAC manufacturers offer coverage for the expense of parts only. Labor costs for repair of the unit are not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. It’s important to note that a second warranty that provides coverage for labor costs must be arranged with the contractor that sold and installed the unit.
  • Warranty terms. Because HVAC components are often in use for up to 20 years, the duration of coverage is relevant when evaluating a manufacturer’s warranty features. Different parts in the system may have different coverage time frames. Look for coverage terms of 10 years for standard replaceable parts. The most expensive components including the furnace heat exchanger and the air-conditioner compressor. Coils should have longer coverage ranging from 12 to 20 years. Some manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty for these costly parts but usually only on the most expensive models.
  • Maintenance requirements. Neglecting proper and regular maintenance may void an HVAC warranty. Many manufacturers require proof of annual preventative maintenance performed by a certified HVC contractor in order to keep the warranty in force. The contractor who sold and installed the specific unit is usually the best source for yearly maintenance.

For more details about HVAC warranty features you need to know, talk to the experienced professionals at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company.