Read the fine print on the manufacturer’s warranty
Manufacturer warranties only cover your equipment’s parts and are only honored if a licensed HVAC contractor confirms that the problem was caused by manufacturer defect and not you. Parts warranties only cover large system components which means air filters, fan belts, electrical wiring, and lubrication are up to you to maintain. A registered warranty covers your parts for much longer than an unregistered basic limited warranty. Each warranty varies based on the manufacturer. Most manufacturers require you to register your warranty within a specified time after your equipment has been installed. Failure to register your warranty within the period specified can reduce the lifespan of your warranty.
Hiring a licensed, insured, and bonded HVAC contractor to install your HVAC equipment is the best choice. Most manufacturer warranties require a professional HVAC company to install your system. A DIY or uncertified installation usually results in poor equipment operation, comfort issues, and higher energy bills. Remember that the cheapest price is not always the best value. The manufacturer may request proof of professional installation before honoring your warranty. How to register your HVAC Manufacturer Warranty in Sarasota Sterling Air Cooling & Heating -Serving Manatee and Sarasota Counties in Bradenton
If you ever need to claim coverage from your warranty, the manufacturer will ask for documentation of installation and maintenance performed by a licensed HVAC contractor. Annual maintenance is required by most manufacturers to keep your warranty valid. This ensures your system will perform at optimal efficiency and extend its life span. Keep your Receipts for service should you need to file a claim on a defective part. You must prove the part failed due to manufacturer defect and not because of lack of equipment care.
If your system for any reason does need repairs that require replacement parts, using only manufacturer-approved parts is a good idea. Using off-brand parts will usually void your warranty.
The company that manufactured your HVAC equipment can’t risk guaranteeing another company’s parts and can only vouch for OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts because they’ve been tested and approved by the manufacturer for compatibility and functionality.