What Does My HVAC Warranty Cover?

All appliances and electronics eventually break down and fail. In fact, about 2.5 million home furnaces and air conditioners fail every year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While some HVAC systems last for decades without issues, some fail relatively soon. Understanding what your HVAC warranty covers is important to get your system running again while minimizing any out-of-pocket expenses.

Air Conditioner Part Warranties

Virtually all HVAC manufacturers provide a basic 5-year warranty on parts, which means the warranty will cover the replacement cost of a part that breaks. Your warranty will likely kick in when a licensed HVAC professional determines that a part failed due to a manufacturer’s defect and the unit is within the time period covered by the warranty. Note that some manufacturers only warranty parts to the original buyer or homeowner, although some allow the warranty to transfer. Some critical components, such as the compressor on a central air conditioner, may have a longer warranty.

If warranty conditions are met, the HVAC professional contacts a distributor for a replacement part. Once the replacement part is installed, you will pay for the contractor’s labor, unless your warranty covers labor, too.

Most warranties only cover failure due to a manufacturer’s defect, which includes faulty installation, electrical damage, water damage or improperly matched components.

HVAC Labor Warranties

Most HVAC manufacturer warranties do not cover any labor costs because a manufacturer has no control over how third parties might install their equipment. Instead, HVAC companies traditionally offer a one-year warranty on parts and labor for one year following installation. This means your warranty from the HVAC installer will cover the cost of labor for repairs within the first year.

Contact Colman for Air Conditioning Service and Repairs

If your HVAC system is showing signs that it’s about to fail, or you are already dealing with a system failure, contact Colman Heating & Air today for quick repairs that will get your system back in working order. Our technicians will help you better understand what your HVAC warranty covers and assist with all of your HVAC needs.

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