With all the wear and tear your heating and cooling system endures, your HVAC warranty is a vital way to protect your investment in the face of expensive maintenance and repairs. It is no secret that manufacturers do not want to pay for your AC repairs and may not warn you about the various missteps you could take to void your HVAC warranty. To learn about these common mistakes, continue reading for some insights from the pros at Ontime Service on how to void your HVAC warranty.
1. Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor for Installation
Although warranty companies require you to have a licensed HVAC contractor install new equipment, they do not always list the qualifications required to pass muster with the manufacturer.
Here are the qualifications you should look for in your HVAC contractor:
• Your Contractor is Licensed
This should be at the top of your checklist. Ask for a copy of the contractor’s HVAC certificate. Contact your state’s department of licensing and registration and ask a representative to verify the authenticity of the certification number and corresponding name.
• Your Contractor is Bonded
A bonded contractor has purchased surety bonds from a third-party bond company to compensate customers for problems such as incomplete jobs, missing work permits, or poor execution of the job. To ensure that your contractor is bonded, ask to see their bond number and proof that it is up to date.
• Your Contractor is Insured
Choosing an insured contractor is important. This insurance provides compensation to you for property damaged or workers who injure themselves on the job. Always request a copy of the contractor’s insurance to verify before making a hiring decision.
*Pro Tip: You can discover a lot of useful information about potential contractors by looking their information up at the Better Business Bureau or through Angie’s List.
2. Improper Installation of Your HVAC System
HVAC warranties stipulate that you must install your equipment properly or manufacturers can void your warranty. The best way to ensure you properly install HVAC equipment is to hire a professional HVAC contractor.
3. Using Off-Brand Replacement Parts
This is an easy way to void your HVAC warranty. Manufacturers of HVAC equipment always recommend using original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. If a third-party product requires repairs or maintenance, your HVAC warranty will not cover those expenses.
4. Failing to Register Your HVAC Equipment for Warranty After Installation
This step is easier than ever nowadays and can be done online. Some choose to mail your HVAC warranty registration card, but many companies will automatically submit your warranty registration for you. Regardless, this is a step you cannot skip if you want to be covered for future repairs and maintenance.
5. Failing to Schedule Regular Maintenance
Not only do annual tune-ups increase the lifespan of your HVAC system, but they can improve your credibility with your HVAC manufacturer when you need coverage.
6. Failing to Keep Records of Your HVAC Service, Repairs, and Installation
As previously mentioned, maintaining your credibility with the manufacturer of your HVAC equipment is vital. By keeping a detailed record of your HVAC service, repairs, and installation, you can remain in good standing with the conditions and requirements outlined in your warranty.
Now that you know how to void your HVAC warranty you know the steps you can take to keep it. Looking for professionals you can trust with your HVAC system and warranty? Contact the team at Ontime Service to receive help from one of our licensed HVAC technicians for any of your HVAC needs. Call 205-942-1405 to schedule an appointment today!