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avoid voiding your HVAC warranty

Happy New Year! Let’s kick 2015 off the right way by looking at how you can protect your HVAC warranty from being voided. An HVAC system is not only a big financial investment, but it also holds the key to your family's year-round comfort and safety. The warranty that comes with a new installation gives you added peace of mind, where the manufacturer guarantees to repair or replace the equipment according to the terms of the agreement. Taking the time to read and understand these terms is crucial, and failing to comply with them can wind up voiding an HVAC warranty, leaving you with no financial recourse for repairs.

Warranties 101

While details may vary between manufacturers, there are some common similarities:

  • With no control over the circumstances of the installation, no manufacturer will cover a lifetime of parts and labor. 
  • Most warranties will only cover parts, and only if they're certified to be defective by a licensed HVAC professional. 
  • A parts warranty usually only covers major parts, while the homeowner is responsible for the cost of fan belts, electrical wiring, air filters, lubrication and more. 

How to Prevent Voiding an HVAC Warranty 

  • Insist on a professional installation. Hire a reputable, NATE-certified, licensed contractor to do the work to ensure the equipment is installed properly and to validate the warranty. 
  • Register the warranty. Those that require registration may also impose a time limit. Failing to register this document promptly may result in a loss of coverage or shorten its length.  
  • Sign on for a maintenance agreement. Signing up for planned maintenance, where the equipment is inspected, tuned and cleaned each year, will increase efficiency, lower energy bills and prevent voiding an HVAC warranty due to neglect.  
  • Keep receipts. You may be asked to provide proof of ongoing maintenance in the event of a claim. 
  • Avoid use of aftermarket parts. No manufacturer will guarantee a competitor's parts. Although they may be cheaper, they can cost you more in the long run if they void the warranty.  

Refrain from voiding an HVAC warranty on your home's heating or cooling equipment by calling the experts at Griffith Energy Services. We've been serving homeowners in Manassas and surrounding areas for more than a century. 

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