Many plumbing companies will offer their clients extended warranties on either their work, appliances (the new water heater, sump pump, garbage disposal, etc.) or both.
But are these warranties a good deal in the long run?
Read below for the pros and cons of plumbing warranties.
- A typical warranty provides a flat-rate and reduced fee for service calls. These can provide you with considerable savings over the typical cost of a repair visit. The cost of service calls also can be reduced even more if you choose a contract upgrade option.
- Warranties also can save you big time when it comes to the repair or replacement of many appliances or systems that commonly fail (water heaters and pumps, for example).
- A plumbing warranty also can mean you’ll receive enhanced coverage. For additional fees some warranties can be enlarged to include conditions that existed before the policy went into effect – undetected pipe leaks under concrete slabs, for example.
- There’s no guarantee that all replacement and repair services will be covered. This is because the provider of the warranty – not you, the homeowner – is the one to decide what is and isn’t covered. For example, if your hot water heater is obsolete, the plumber may just repair it rather than replace it.
- Most warranties cover what is known as operational failure of systems and appliances after what is known as “normal use.” Conditions that come up because of “acts of nature” or “acts of God” such as flooding, freezing pipes, etc. may not be covered (although they may be covered under your homeowner’s policy; check with your insurer). In addition, warranty providers often place caps on what they’ll pay per appliance or system as well as per incident
When deciding whether or not to purchase a warranty, homeowners who have older plumbing and who anticipate having to call in a plumber for repairs relatively regularly are potentially good candidates for a plumbing warranty; the cost of the warranty may be worth it.
When looking for a Dallas plumbing company that’s reliable and affordable, contact Plumbing Dynamics. We are fully bonded, licensed and insured with a $1 million liability policy (more than is required by law). Contact us via our online contact form or give us a call at 214-929-3431.
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