Air conditioner repairs are all part of owning a home. However, major repairs and replacement are serious expenses, no matter what Atlanta HVAC service you work with. With luck, your unit will still be covered by the manufacturer's warranty. If your cooling system is newer, most likely, you are still covered. But how long are AC units under warranty?
In Short? It DependsThere is no industry standard warranty. Each manufacturer draws up their paperwork and sets their terms. Sometimes, these terms are the same across all AC units made by a given manufacturer. In other cases, they vary based on the type of AC unit, or even by make and model. Keep in mind that even if you are within the covered term, it doesn't guarantee the policy still applies. The warranty on air conditioning units can be voided for various reasons, including poor upkeep and misuse.
What Warranty Limits Are CommonMost air conditioners will be covered by a 10-year limited parts warranty, with specific components having an extended coverage period—sometimes a lifetime warranty. Here are some warranties offered by top air conditioning manufacturers.
- Goodman:10-year unit replacement limited warranty, lifetime compressor limited warranty on select models
- Carrier: 10-year parts limited warranty on select models
- Lennox: 10-year limited parts and compressor warranty for certain models; 5-year limited parts warranty, 10-year compressor warranty on select models; 5-year parts limited and 5-year compressor warranty on specific models
- Trane: Limited warranties ranging from 1-20 years covering select components
- Bryant: 10-year standard parts limited warranty if registered within 90 days of purchase; 5-year standard parts limited warranty for unregistered units
How to Check Your WarrantyIf you are curious about how long the warranty is on your air conditioner unit, there are a few ways to check.
- Read through the documents and user manual that came with the unit when it was purchased. Any warranties should be included somewhere in this paperwork.
- Find the serial number on your air conditioning unit and go to the manufacturer's website. Most will have a search feature that allows you to look up user manuals and warranty information based on this number.
- With your serial number handy, call the manufacturer and ask them how long is the air conditioning warranty and if you are currently covered. This is the best option if you are uncertain as to whether or not you registered the product.