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Empire HVAC Explains: Benefits and Downsides to HVAC Equipment Warranties

Posted by Empire HVAC Blog at 1:18 pm on August 27, 2015

HVAC equipment warranties

On the surface, warranties usually seem like a deal that can’t be beat. When it comes to something as important as your home’s HVAC unit, isn’t it worth having the peace of mind that you won’t be left in the lurch in the event that something goes wrong? In reality, however, equipment warranties are a much more complicated matter. Standards vary from manufacturer to manufacturer concerning what costs will be covered and what must be done in order to remain qualified for the warranty coverage. In addition, HVAC contractors will often give conflicting advice on the subject of whether or not a warranty is a worthy investment. Recently, we spoke on the matter in an Archnews story that investigated the potential benefits and downsides to HVAC equipment warranties.

Beware the Fine Print

When it comes to any warranty, thoroughly reading and understanding the terms and conditions is the most important step of the process. This is crucial for both the contractor and the homeowners, as it’s important for the two parties to be on the same page during the sale of the equipment.

The first hurdle that generally needs to be addressed is product registration. Most manufacturers will require the product to be registered within a specific timeframe in order for the warranty to be valid. This can present problems when the unit is bound for new construction, where properties frequently don’t have an owner at the time the HVAC unit is installed.

Also, most warranties will stipulate that regular maintenance on the unit is required in order for the manufacturer to honor the claim. What is considered “regular” can vary depending on the company, so once again the responsibility is on the homeowner to keep track of the warranty requirements and remain proactive when it comes to fulfilling their obligations.

The Verdict?

What it comes down to in the end, is that most warranty terms are quite limited in what they cover, and diligence is required on the part of the homeowner and contractors to ensure that the unit remains qualified for the warranty. A quality contractor, such our HVAC repair team in Atlanta, will ideally take the time to educate the owner on the particulars of the warranty prior to purchasing. This puts the owner in a position to take maximum advantage of their OEM warranty in the event that a claim is necessary.

If you need a HVAC repair specialist in Atlanta, contact us today at Empire Heating & Air. Whether you need AC repair and replacement, HVAC maintenance or ductwork renovations, our team is ready to take your call and help.

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Tips for Detecting a Freon Leak

Posted by Empire HVAC Blog at 12:27 pm on August 21, 2015

Detecting Freon Leaks

In the hot summer months, your air conditioner might be your most valuable appliance. When your HVAC stops working, we know it can feel like the world has stopped turning. Freon leaks are one of the most common fixes for your air conditioner. Looking for telltale signs of a Freon leak and staying up to date on routine maintenance can help you avoid costly repairs and keep you cool all summer long. (more…)

Empire HVAC Explains: Why is My Air Conditioner Blowing Warm Air?

Posted by Empire HVAC Blog at 12:03 pm on August 11, 2015

Broken AC Unit

Air conditioners are one of the things many people cannot live without during the hot summers. This is especially true for homeowners here in Atlanta. An air conditioner blowing out warm air may seem the same as a dysfunctional unit on a slow summer’s day. For a quick fix, you can contact us at Empire Heating & Air to get your perfect summer days back on track. However, even with help of on the way, it is important to know what causes an air conditioner to blow warm air. (more…)

What to Do if You Are Experiencing a Refrigerant Leak

Posted by Empire HVAC Blog at 12:30 pm on August 5, 2015

refrigerant leak

Now that the weather is getting hotter, air conditioners will be running full blast. More often than not, these air conditioners have refrigerant leaks, which can cause some damage to your air conditioner and increase your electricity bill. Low levels of refrigerant put more stress on your compressor, which can lead to damage in most parts of the compressor. This can lead to costly repair bills, which is why you should have your air conditioner checked for leaks at least once a year. (more…)

Make Sure Your AC is Functioning Properly With HVAC Performance Testing

Posted by Empire HVAC Blog at 1:47 pm on July 30, 2015

HVAC performance testing

Tired of feeling uncomfortably hot in your home–even with your air conditioning on high? Are your electric bills going up in the summer months, but your room temperatures aren’t going down? Something’s wrong with your old AC system, and it may not be the compressor. (more…)

A Look at the Impact of Air Conditioning on Modern America

Posted by Empire HVAC Blog at 12:28 pm on July 21, 2015

Air Conditioning Impact on America

Air-conditioning is a part of modern life that most of us take for granted – but without it, we’d be spending a lot more time outdoors and fending off the heat and biting insects that come with summertime in most regions. How has air conditioning changed the way we live, where we shop and how we work and play? (more…)

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