Following on from my most recent article on home owners doing their own electrical work, I wanted to write about appliances and warranties.
In that article I specifically wrote about dangers, hazards, and risks; what else might you need to think about when it comes to installing fittings or appliances yourself?
If you install the fitting or appliance incorrectly,
- it might not work
- you might damage it
- or you might blow it up.
- If you damage it or blow it up what do you think might happen?
Questions to ask yourself
- Can you take it back to the store you bought it from?
- Will you have a warranty?
- What if it works for a while but then suddenly stops working within its warranty period?
All of the above questions have the same answer.
You might think that it’s straightforward if your appliance breaks down, but it might not be as simple as you think.
Many appliances come with an in home warranty. If your appliance breaks down you must contact the manufacturer.
- They may require you to provide a receipt showing that it was installed by a licensed trades person.
- They may require a compliance certificate showing that it was installed to Ausralian Standards.
- They will then send out a repairer, and your appliances are repaired or replaced for free.
Even if you don’t have this in home repair service a repair under warranty might not be that easy.
- Don’t you just need a receipt from the retailer?
- Can’t you just show the repairer your receipt?
A per above, some manufacturers are asking for a receipt of installation, and a compliance certificate – I have written about compliance certificates before (different names in different states).
Some manufacturers are stating that your warranty is void if either one or both of these are not able to be produced.
Don’t believe me? The following image is a copy of the warranty document for a $120 3 in 1 heat lamp.
The highlight in yellow says that if you don’t have a receipt and compliance certificate your warranty is void.
The highlight in red says that if your appliance breaks and it hasn’t been installed to Australian Standards, your warranty is void. If you home then burns down, your warranty is void, and likely your home insurance too.
Homeowners please take NOTE:
Many homeowners don’t understand the importance of getting a receipt and compliance certificate from their tradesperson. Carefully read the highlight in red above!
If you get a cheap job, no receipt, no compliance certificate, you are at great risk if there is a later problem.