The larger the purchase, the more important it is to obtain a good warranty. The last thing you want is to invest in a major home repair, only to need repair or replacement in the first year or two. Warranties protect you against manufacturing defects that aren’t necessarily obvious. Cars include extended warranties because few people would commit to such a large purchase knowing that any repairs are out of pocket. The same should be true for home improvement products.
HVAC Systems and Installation Costs
Installing a new central heating and air conditioning unit can cost as much as a moderately priced used car, or even as much as a new luxury vehicle depending on the size and scope of the project. Without a warranty, you could be facing another big bill for the same system within a few years. When you install a new system, be sure to shop warranties as part of the process. Here are a few things to look out for.
1. Warranty Term
How long does the warranty last from a specific manufacturer? HVAC systems should last for many years, and the warranty should reflect that. Seek out the longest term you can find, as long as the coverage is fairly complete.
2. Covered Parts and Terms
With an HVAC warranty, some parts may be covered for longer than others. It is not uncommon to see an air conditioning compressor with a 10-year warranty while the heat exchanger for the furnace advertises a 20-year warranty.
3. Parts or Parts and Labor
At 4 Seasons Heating & Air, you get a one year warranty that includes labor on all new installations. Many warranties may not cover any labor involved in a repair. Others may even have terms that can void your warranty, like a required annual maintenance visit from an approved contractor. Get all of the details before you decide.
Getting an extended warranty can help minimize your financial liability. In Alpharetta, GA, where air conditioning units run for a lot longer than a couple of months each year, you want a unit you can trust and cost controls on potential repairs. Contact us today to learn more about our warranties and service contracts.