Warranty Woes: Is Your Furnace Covered?

With the ever growing popularity of high efficiency furnaces, many homeowners have recently replaced their old inefficient system with a newer model that is capable of reaching much higher AFUE ratings. These systems are worth the investment because they save us so much money on our energy costs, but odds are when you purchased the system, making the initial investment was a little hard to swallow.

Two Ways to Void Your Furnace Warranty

When you put so much money into the home, you want to protect your investment, and chances are your new high efficiency furnace came with an equally impressive warranty. Warranties are great, and can save you tons of money on repairs down the line. However, there are a couple ways you can inadvertently void your warranty and leave your furnace unprotected. These are the two most common ways that homeowners void their furnace warranties:

  • Lack of Maintenance: Nearly every furnace manufacturer will require that professional yearly maintenance be performed on the system in order for them to honor the warranty. A poorly maintained furnace will breakdown frequently and experience part failures. This is true of many appliances and it is so true for your furnace that it will void your warranty. Professional maintenance checks are very affordable, but you have to remember to have them performed every year!
  • Do-It-Yourself Repairs: Despite having a warranty, some homeowners will still attempt do-it-yourself fixes on the system. They will have a friend over that knows a thing or two about furnace and before you know it, the furnace is in a worse state than it began. If your heating and cooling contractor notices tampering with the system, they cannot warranty the repair. The manufacturer won’t reimburse them for parts. If there is a problem with your unit, get professional help. Furnaces are complicated systems, and the need professional attention. The average homeowner should replace their filter on a regular basis, but beyond that, leave it to the pros!

Keep Your Warranty Coverage Valid

Avoid making these mistakes at all costs, and your furnace will remain protected when you need it most. Having a warranty that lasts for 5 or 10 years can save a homeowner thousands in repair costs, so don’t lose your furnace’s warranty on a technicality this winter.

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