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How Not to Void the Warranty on Your Home’s New HVAC System

Published on: November 13, 2014

Your new HVAC system should come with a manufacturer’s warranty. You might also choose to add an extended parts and labor warranty from the contractor. No matter what you choose, keep in mind that accidentally voiding an HVAC warranty is a real possibility. Follow these tips and you’re sure to maintain a valid warranty until the end of the agreement period.

Register the Warranty

The manufacturer needs information about when and from whom you purchased the new HVAC equipment. You provide this and other information when you register the warranty, a process that usually occurs on the manufacturer’s website. Make sure you register the warranty in a timely manner after purchasing the equipment.

Have the System Installed Correctly

Improper installation causes performance and comfort issues. It’s also a fast way of voiding an HVAC warranty. That’s why you should only rely on an experienced professional to install the equipment for you. Never attempt a DIY job and carefully select the company you choose to perform the installation.

Use Brand Name Replacement Parts

It may be less expensive initially to replace parts with off-brand options, but you risk voiding an HVAC warranty in the process. After all, a manufacturer can’t guarantee the performance of another company’s products, so stick with the same brand just to be safe.

Schedule Annual Preventative Maintenance

Like other types of mechanical systems, heating and cooling equipment requires yearly inspections to perform at its peak. If you neglect the system, it’s bound to break down sooner and require more repairs. That’s why manufacturers often void the warranty if you don’t keep up with preventative maintenance.

Retain Proof of Maintenance

It doesn’t matter how diligent you are about having your equipment serviced every year if you don’t keep a copy of the paperwork to prove it. If your word is the only proof you have, you can be sure the manufacturer won’t honor the warranty if you make a claim.

For more tips to prevent voiding an HVAC warranty, or for help finding a reliable HVAC contractor to install, repair or maintain your equipment, please contact AirConditioningSouthEast.com.