4 Reasons Your Air Conditioner's Warranty Could Be Voided

Posted on: 4 May 2015

Just like other electronics and appliances in your home, your air conditioning unit most likely came with a warranty. Your warranty will usually cover repairs to your unit unless you have done something to void it. To prevent accidentally voiding your warranty, it is important you know what can possibly lead to it. 

Not Registering the Warranty

It sounds simple enough, but surprisingly, many people forget to register their warranty. As a result, the manufacturer might not honor requests to replace or repair the unit if it is damaged. 

To avoid complications, review your warranty carefully to determine if you need to take any action to ensure that it is in effect. If so, complete the registration per the manufacturer's instructions. There might be a deadline to register, so register as soon as you purchase the new unit. 

Relying on a Non-Certified HVAC Technician

Some manufacturers will void a warranty if the HVAC technician who installed it was not licensed according to the standards of the state in which the unit is used. 

Poor installation of an air conditioning unit could cause several issues that could impact the functioning of the unit. To avoid this problem, hire a professional to do the installation. Ask to see proof of certification when you meet with the HVAC technician.

Performing Do-It-Yourself Maintenance

Although there are some things you can do to the air conditioning unit to ensure it is working properly that will not void the warranty, you should avoid extensive DIY on the unit. 

Even though you might feel confident about removing and installing new components in your unit, do not do it. Read your warranty carefully to determine which maintenance steps you can do and stick to those only. For instance, most warranties allow for simple maintenance, such as changing the filters. 

Skipping Regular Maintenance

Having your air conditioning unit annually serviced by a HVAC technician is important. Not only is it a chance for the technician to check your filters and Freon levels, he or she can also ensure that there are no problems. 

If you skip regular maintenance, the unit's manufacturer might use this as a reason to not honor the terms of the warranty. 

Once you have reviewed the warranty, it is a good idea to talk to an HVAC technician, such as Smedley & Associates, Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, further about your warranty. He or she can help you identify other reasons that your warranty could be put at risk.

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