In Florida, your home air conditioning unit is a very important investment. Staying cool isn’t a luxury – it’s SO HOT – it’s a literal necessity. We’re here to help you make sure that investment pays off. If you are purchasing a new air conditioner, pay close attention to the warranty – not just the initial cost and features. If something was to go wrong after installation, your warranty helps you to avoid higher maintenance or even higher replacement costs. Integrity Home Solutions AC installers in Tampa, FL share the details of AC warranties.
What is Included in a typical AC warranty?
The duration of your warranty depends on the manufacturer. Most quality air conditioning manufacturers have warranties that will extend several years after the unit is installed. If your old system is shot, and you need to purchase a new AC unit, our Tampa Bay HVAC experts suggest you always look for units with warranties that have the longer terms. This only protects your investment!
You must read the warranty. You need to know what applies to your unit and what types of repairs and replacement parts may be covered. Your lifetime warranty may not cover the cost of labor or may only cover labor-related expenses during the first year. If part of your repair costs can be covered under the warranty, make sure you get those savings!
Can I actually void the warranty?
Absolutely! It’s very easy to void a warranty entirely, so proceed with caution. Here are some of the more common mistakes:
- Not registering your AC unit with the manufacturer. We get it; it’s tempting to throw away the warranty card. But when it comes to an investment like your AC unit, it’s best to do it within the required amount of time after installation. It’s an important step in the process. Trust us.
- Improper installation. If you do not have a certified, licensed HVAC professional install your unit, the manufacturer may not cover future repairs or replacements. Even if you’re still ‘under warranty’. Tip: Make sure the contractor is fully licensed and that they give you paperwork showing proof of their installation and any warranty details.
- Using a different manufacturer’s parts. They may be on sale at the big box store, but do not be tempted to purchase another manufacturer’s parts! It may seem more affordable, but it is not in the long run. First, you are not guaranteed these parts will work properly with your system. Second, it will void your repair warranty.
- Lacking routine AC unit maintenance. Properly maintaining your unit can extend the life of your AC unit. We recommend changing the air filters regularly and hiring an expert for maintenance visits at least once a year.
At Integrity Home Solutions, our affordable AC unit maintenance will help limit repairs and replacements. Contact our team today for service throughout Tampa Bay!
Common Exclusions in AC Warranties
Your warranty may be ‘limited’ and therefore, may not cover repairs and/or replacements of all parts. Typical parts that may not be fully covered under your warranty are the compressor, blower motor, evaporator coil, and fan motor.
When you skim your warranty agreement, watch for these common exclusions:
Repairs or Replacements – over the life of your AC unit, it’s likely you’ll need repairs or replacement of parts. Replacements are usually not included in a standard manufacturer’s warranty. You’ll also have to show that you were proactively maintaining the unit or run the risk that the warranty won’t apply.
Labor Costs – The cost of hiring an AC technician to perform maintenance checks or repairs are usually not covered by the warranty. We offer specials to make sure that we offer affordable and reliable service.
Tip from the team: Save your AC maintenance receipts just in case the manufacturer questions the upkeep of your system should you have a larger warranty claim. Scan and save the files digitally to cut clutter and you can find them quickly.
Can I get Additional Coverage for my AC Unit?
Most manufacturer’s warranties will be limited; you may want to purchase an extended warranty through the manufacturer. Most manufacturers offer extended warranties that add 5 to 10 years of unit coverage. All dealers extended warranties will differ so read what’s included before extending your warranty.
Call Our AC Repair Company
At Integrity Home Solutions, we offer complete AC installation, repair, and maintenance. All technicians are fully certified and can answer any questions regarding AC repair, warranty, and if needed–replacement. When we look at your unit, we can also let you know if you’re still under warranty or not.
When you choose our team, you know you’re getting quality you can trust when you need it most. Our Tampa, FL AC pros also stand behind the AC units we install and only use quality products from trusted manufacturers. For more information on our HVAC services, please call or live chat with our AC company today!