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  1. #1
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    Trane extended warranty recommended?

    Last year we had a new Trane furnace, AC, and air cleaner installed in our home. The year anniversary is approaching and we are considering purchasing an extended warranty. Are extended warranties recommended for HVAC systems? Thanks for your comments and suggestions. --tgerd

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    Depends on how much you value your system and your estimate of the quality of the install. If properly installed and regularly maintained, it should operate troublefree for many years. If however you simply can't live without it for even a day . . .

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    Call now to see if you can still get the extended warranty.
    I think some companies had a 6 month limit to get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tgerd View Post
    Last year we had a new Trane furnace, AC, and air cleaner installed in our home. The year anniversary is approaching and we are considering purchasing an extended warranty. Are extended warranties recommended for HVAC systems? Thanks for your comments and suggestions. --tgerd
    i think its a good idea to get an extended warranty. if you look a the cost of parts like a blower motor, control board, or compressor just one of those would almost pay for the warranty. most warranties give you about 10 years so look for that. also warranties dont have a hard cost so look for a competitive price.

    you have a furnace, ac and air cleaner so if the whole system can be covered and the price is reasonable (we cant post prices here) then i think its a no brainer. i bought the extended 10 year parts/labour warranty for my furnace. the nice thing about it is that its transferable unlike some other warranties which cant be transfered to the new owners if you move. being transferable it adds value to the house. that in itself pays for it.

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    If you buy the warranty now, it will be based on the install date. So you may only have aprox 9 years of warranty. Still a great idea though.
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    If you get one, get the higher tier warranty and if in a coastal area get the Seacoast option.

  7. #7
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    If you purchase the warranty and the unit has a parts failure, Trane will tell the HVAC service contractor exactly how much Trane will pay the contractor for the warranty repair. However, if you don't buy the warranty and your Trane HVAC unit has a parts failure, Trane does not tell him anything. Instead, the HVAC contractor gets to bend you over and tell YOU how much he' is going to charge you!



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    dont sweat it , nothing stops a Trane

  9. #9
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    I would recommend the extended warranty. I know you have to have periodic maintence or the warranty is void

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    trane might make the installing co come and perform a inspection on the equipment at your cost before selling you the warranty

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    If I do recall correctly they also make the installing company do the repairs

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordhelmet View Post
    If I do recall correctly they also make the installing company do the repairs
    That's an upleasant thought... I'm not happy with my installer and have been fighting with them for nearly two years. As part of the settlement, I asked them to provide an extended warranty.

    I think Trane makes a good product, and it already comes with a 10yr parts warranty. The extended warranty is mainly for labor charges (and yes is based on date of install).

    Keep in mind, the extended warranty is a statistical gamble. If the warranty costs XX dollars then the selling company has calculated 90% of the purchasers (customers) will require less than XX dollars in labor to repair while under warranty. So.... if you get a price quote, and it looks like you have this amount of money in the bank, it becomes a time value of money and piece of mind question. Just like buying an extended warranty on an automobile.

    The big difference between an automobile and a furnace is automobiles aren't so depended on installer's attention to detail... So there is a bit more judgment involved. There are plenty of horror stories, but they are still a small percentage of total units sold... or the warranty price would be much higer...

    Just my $0.02

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    Thanks for all the valuable comments. We decided to go ahead with the warranty. The problem is our contractor won't return our calls or emails. Does the warranty have to be purchased from the contractor who did the install? Or can we purchase it from another authorized Trane installer? Thanks. -tgerd

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