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  • Keeping Your HVAC Warranty Valid

    May 18, 2018

    Another day, another repair your HVAC unit needs. Seems like it happens way too often, doesn’t it? Usually, you’d be pretty annoyed about this, but this time you’re not – thanks to the HVAC warranty you signed up for, you’re covered. Only problem is – you just thought you were covered. When you called up the designated number to see about getting it fixed, they’re telling you they’re not going to cover it because you forgot to register your HVAC unit after signing up!

    This situation is one you want to avoid at all costs. It’ll turn what could be a mild inconvenience into a hair-pulling travesty, and you’ll be kicking yourself for not crossing every T and dotting every I when signing up for an HVAC warranty. As it turns out, there are a few ways you can accidentally void your warranty that will prevent you from taking full advantage of it. Follow these easy tips from Barker Heating & Cooling, and you’ll never have that issue again!

    What Does an HVAC Warranty Do?

    Before we explain how to keep an HVAC warranty valid, it might be helpful to sketch out what one exactly is.

    • Warranties are divided into two separate categories, because it’s possible to get one from the manufacturer and one from the contractor that installs your HVAC unit. We’re talking about the contractor’s warranty here.
    • They cover parts that might not otherwise be replaced by the manufacturer.
    • They ensure you’re not going to be on the hook for a costly replacement/repair if something goes wrong with your HVAC unit. Something that should’ve been either fixed or avoided in the first place by the installer.

    How to Keep Them Valid

    Making sure you’re not out of luck when something bad hits isn’t an overly difficult task. Most of the things you need to check off are more administrative than labor-intensive, and you can knock them out quickly.

    • Record Everything: This one is important. Whenever you have your HVAC unit serviced, be absolutely certain to keep a copy of the record. Should you ever need to file a claim under the warranty, you’ll need to provide proof that you haven’t been neglecting your unit and prove something beyond your control is to blame.
    • Don’t DIY It: When a repair is needed, don’t try to tackle it yourself. If you accidentally mess up and further harm your unit, the warranty might get voided because you decided to try and be a hero. Let a certified installer/technician do the heavy lifting.
    • Have It Serviced Annually: By having your HVAC unit undergo routine maintenance every year, any problem you encounter will be outside the scope of your responsibility. If you can prove that it has been kept up-to-date, the warranty should cover out-of-the-ordinary circumstances.

    HVAC warranties, even though you’d rather not have to use them, can be a lifesaver. They’ll keep you from forking over the money for that unexpected expense that throws itself at you, and it streamlines and quickens the process to having your HVAC unit back on its feet. Barker Heating & Cooling’s Friends and Family Plan will save you boatloads of money over the course of your HVAC unit’s life, and we’ll have you covered in the event something goes wrong. Give us a call at 925-276-9601 to learn more!