Updating or installing a new HVAC system for your home isn’t a task to enter lightly. You want to make sure you get a system that fits your family’s needs without paying too much. You want knowledgeable and trustworthy experts to help you choose the best option and then follow through with installation and maintenance. And even though a new HVAC investment can cost a few dollars, you want to make sure that in the long run you’ll save money on future energy costs.
There are several aspects to consider when looking at new HVAC units. Avoid basing your purchase solely on price because low prices can often signal poor quality. Opt for a manufacturer with a good reputation and a solid warranty. While many consumers might glaze right over the warranty, it is actually an important component of the overall purchase. To get the most out of your warranty, make sure you read the fine print before tossing it aside.
5 Ways to Make Your HVAC Warranty Work For You
- Length: Warranties can span anywhere from five to 10 years or longer. It’s to your benefit to choose the longest warranty offered. As your system ages, it is more likely to encounter issues or malfunctions and it will save you money if it’s still covered under warranty.
- Registration: Upon purchase of the warranty, it’s tempting to take that huge packet of information and shove it in a deep, dark corner. Wait! Most warranties require you to register the product when you buy it in order to activate the warranty. Make sure you fill out all paperwork and send in any factory warranty registration cards complete with purchase date, supplier and serial numbers. Many manufacturers allow you to complete simple on-line forms so this can be accomplished in minutes. Tuck your proof of warranty information in a safe, easily accessible place.
- Regular Maintenance: HVAC units require regular yearly maintenance to stay in tip-top shape. Many larger problems can be avoided altogether if you take advantage of regular maintenance checks. In fact, some warranties are void if you neglect regular check-ups that could prevent larger problems from occurring.
- Authorized Service Provider: Carefully check the warranty to see which service providers are authorized to service the unit. Many warranties require specific service providers to maintain the product. You may have to give up your favorite neighborhood handyman in favor of your warranty perks.
- Other Rules: As with any contract, there are usually other rules to consider within a warranty. Some warranties cover parts only for a specified time period and major components within a certain time frame. It’s also important to document regular service checks. To ensure your warranty is valid from the start, installation must be performed by an authorized dealer. Finally, don’t expect to pay nothing at all even when your warranty is accurate and up-to-date. Most warranties cover parts but not labor costs.
You’ll reap the benefits of a good warranty by reading the fine print and fulfilling your end of the bargain. Since major HVAC problems can occur at any time, a good warranty gives you peace of mind. Remember, however, that the warranty isn’t everything. Purchasing a well-reputed, quality product along with the warranty ensures a good experience.
Contact the trusted experts at Snyder Heating and Air Conditioning for more information on all of your HVAC needs. We provide a wide range of home comfort services, from repair and installation to maintenance and education. At Snyder, we believe putting the customer first is the key to our success. We’ll help you navigate your HVAC warranty with ease, and provide the necessary service with a smile.