It’s no surprise that an improved central air conditioner warranty accompanies the increased energy efficiency and enhanced comfort level of today’s units. The relationship between advanced technology and longer service life is clear. Manufacturers recognize that homeowners make buying decisions for the long haul and expect a warranty to stand behind them.
Manufacturers offer extended coverage over much of the unit's life span, as well as many add-on warranty options. Upgrading to a new central air conditioner is one of the biggest purchases you’ll make during home ownership.
Protect your rights and make sure you’re getting all the benefits you deserve by taking a minute to understand these warranty terms and conditions:
- Base warranty: This is the standard manufacturer’s air conditioner warranty accompanying all new units. Most manufacturers require registration of the unit within 60 or 90 days of purchase in order to qualify for the full warranty term. Coverage is limited and differs by make and model. Typically, the manufacturer will offer five- or 10-year limited parts coverage, and up to a 10-year compressor warranty. Standard manufacturer base warranties do not include labor costs, but the installing dealer may offer labor coverage for up to a year.
- Most warranties require annual preventive maintenance to remain in force. Just like your car, if you never changed the oil and then expected the warranty to cover the resulting problems, you can be in for disappointment. So if you want full coverage under the warranty make sure to have regular annual maintenance as prescribed in the manufacturer's installation and operation instructions. Keep these records for future reference if demanded by the manufacturer. Regular maintenance also reduces repairs, lightens utility costs and extends the life of the equipment, so it's always a good idea regardless.
- Extended warranty: Most established industry brands offer an extended warranty with a variety of options at additional cost. Evaluate your options consistent with your needs and future in the home.
- Another frequent benefit of extended warranties is transferability to a new owner if the house is sold.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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