When you purchase a new HVAC unit or a home with a new HVAC unit, you may be given warranty paperwork. In most cases, homeowners may toss this warranty aside with other household paperwork and overlook what it states. The problem comes in when there are heating and air conditioning repairs that need to be done during the warranty time frame. If this sounds like your situation, there are a few considerations you need to take into account before finding a contractor for the repairs.

Voiding the Warranty

You may already know that you have to find a contractor that will accept your warranty; what you may not consider is how the contractor handles the repairs. This refers primarily to key points in your warranty that, if your contractor does them during a repair, could mean the loss of your warranty. Before finding a contractor, consider what repairs or actions may void the warranty. If your contractor does want to take one of this actions or repair steps, you can alert them to the clause in your warranty so that another action can be taken to complete the repair and keep your warranty intact.

Licensing Requirements

You may run into a situation where your warranty requires a contractor with a specific license for the repairs you need. In this case, you can generally find a contractor that has this certification or has a contractor on their team with that license or certification. Make sure to know what your warranty states regarding this, if any statement is made, and question your contractor during the browsing stage. This will ensure that you have a contractor that will not only accept the warranty but also has the licensing the warranty requires.

Extended Warranty Options

In some cases, you may have a warranty that is actually an extended warranty of the original available HVAC warranty. This usually comes into play when you purchase a home that has an HVAC unit that may be older than the original warranty. The original homeowner may have purchased an extended warranty that would cover your first few months or so of ownership. If this is the case, you will need to ensure what your extended warranty covers. Some warranties may not cover the HVAC unit fully or may only cover heating and air conditioning repairs that deal with certain parts and pieces.

These are just three of the considerations you should keep in mind when using your HVAC warranty with a new contractor. The key point is to read your warranty fully to determine the type of contractor you need and the type of heating and air conditioning repairs the warranty covers.