If something goes wrong with your HVAC system, a warranty can be a real life-saver. But did you know that there are ways to void your HVAC warranty?
All HVAC warranties vary, but generally, they cover certain repairs, the replacement of major parts, guarantee faulty equipment, and more. While HVAC warranties can keep your system protected and help you save on repairs and replacements, some mistakes void your HVAC warranty, and they’re more common than you might think.
Read on for the five common mistakes that void an HVAC warranty, so that you can avoid them.
Improper Installation and Repairs
We’re all about sharing DIY ways you can take care of your HVAC system and save on heating and cooling costs, but some things need to be left to the professionals, and HVAC installation is one of those things. Most HVAC warranties require that you have your new HVAC system installed by a licensed and experienced HVAC contractor, like the pros at AirXperts.
Improper HVAC installation may very likely void your HVAC warranty, while also leading to problems like inefficient operation and a lack of comfort in your home. DIY or uncertified HVAC installation can also increase your energy bills as improper HVAC installation can lead to 30% more energy use.
Once your system is up and running, it’s important to remember a licensed HVAC contractor must do all repairs to keep your warranty.
Not Registering Your HVAC Warranty
Most HVAC manufacturers require that you register the warranty before it becomes active, and failure to do so can void your warranty or shorten the warranty period. Most manufacturers provide a limited amount of time for you to register your HVAC warranty within, so as soon as your system is installed, you should register either online, via mail, or over the phone.
Not Keeping up With Annual Maintenance
There are many home maintenance checklist items you can do yourself either year round, or when preparing your home for spring, summer, and winter, but annual HVAC maintenance is a professional job that can’t be avoided.
Not only does HVAC maintenance keep your system running efficiently, increase its lifespan, and help you cut down on energy costs, but not keeping up with annual maintenance will likely void your HVAC warranty. This is because HVAC manufacturers don’t want to cover costly repairs and replacements that could have easily been avoided with annual HVAC maintenance.
Using Non-Manufacturer Brand Parts
It might seem like an easy way to save money, but it’s always best to avoid using replacement parts from another company. While parts from other brands might work just fine, there’s no way for the manufacturer to know that those parts aren’t the cause of HVAC problems, so they only cover their parts.
It’s best always to contact a licensed HVAC contractor to order authorized parts so you can avoid voiding your warranty and keep your HVAC system in optimal condition.
Not Keeping Records
Unfortunately, even if you do everything right, if you don’t keep records of it, you can risk voiding your warranty. When you want to use your warranty, your manufacturer will likely ask for proof of proper installation, HVAC maintenance, and any repairs or part replacements.
To make the warranty claim process smoother, and avoid delaying services, keep all your receipts and documents from any HVAC service.
Whether you’re looking for a new HVAC system or need one installed, maintained, or repaired, the licensed HVAC contractors at AirXperts are here for you. Contact us today to keep your HVAC system in tip-top condition.