The #1 questions Nova Scotia homeowners have about heat pumps is how much do they cost. Then it’s what will I save and are there any rebates they can get.
Rarely do we encounter a homeowner that asks us about warranty, but we believe the warranty that comes with a heat pump is every bit as important as the initial cost and how much it can save you.
After all, a machine with a short warranty could end up costing you a bucket load to repair or replace. Why not ensure you’re buying a machine that comes with peace of mind in the form of a long warranty.
In this article, we’ll look at why heat pump warranties matter, what’s covered and what’s not covered under those warranties and what brands offer the best warranty in the heat pump industry.
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Why Longer Warranties Matter
While there aren’t a lot of moving parts to a heat pump, there are a few parts that will set you back a few hundred dollars plus the labour to replace. Those parts are the compressor and electronic boards in the outdoor and indoor units.
Rarely do issues arise with your heat pump in the first year or two of operation, but as the machine ages and is used more there can be system issues.
Having a longer warranty protects you from paying for expensive part and labour bills to get your machine running again.
In most cases purchasing a more costly higher quality machine correlates with longer parts and labour warranty. Giving you peace of mind knowing your machine is covered for as long as 10+ years if anything was to go wrong.
Does your heat pump warranty cover everything bumper-to-bumper?
Warranties on a heat pump range from 1 to 12 years. It all depends on the make and model you purchase.
Not every single piece is covered no. Consumable items such as filters, as well as the remote, are usually not covered under a standard heat pump warranty no matter what brand or model it is.
Be sure to check with your contractor when purchasing to get full details on what is and isn’t covered under warranty.
There’s also some fine print you should be aware of with most warranties.
Heat Pump Warranty “Fine Print”
We previously posted an article on the importance of having a professional install your heat pump here.
The fine print of most brands heat pump warranties is if a failure (broken part, failed compressor etc.) is deemed to be due to installation issue than the manufacturer reserves the right NOT to cover the parts and repair.
This is the exact reason why most of the top brands such as Daikin, Fujitsu and Mitsubishi, all have authorized dealers who must go through training on those particular makes and models. This ensures there are never machine failures due to poor installation.
What Brands Have The Longest Warranties
It likely won’t come as any surprise that the longest heat pump warranties come with the most efficient units.
The longest warranties are generally found coming from Daikin, Mitsubishi and Fujitsu, which are arguably the best heat pump brands you can buy.
Daikin comes with a 10-year labour and 12-year parts warranty when you purchase from an authorized Comfort Pro dealer. That’s a long time when you think about.
For those that are considering buying a heat pump for $2,000 bucks installed, stop and think for a moment.
The Daikin that could cost $4,000 + dollars installed not only will save you more money (because it’s more efficient) but you’re guaranteed that it will work well for longer seeing that most low-end units sport a 1-2 year warranty at best.
Considering a heat pump in 2018? Schedule an estimate appointment with one of our HVAC pros at South Shore HVAC today.