Ceiling Fans - Warranties
A good ceiling fan can be so well built that the manufacturer is proud to offer you a lifetime warranty. Generally, this warranty will be limited to the fan motor, with other shorter warranties offer for the other parts of the fan. Here is what you can expect:
- The fan motor will be guaranteed to work for your lifetime.
- If any part of the motor fails due to a defect in material or workmanship, it will be replaced free of charge.
- If a replacement cannot be made, the purchase price of the fan will be refunded.
It seems pretty basic, but notice what is not covered by those points. So far, we have only covered parts, not labor. A lifetime warranty may well require you to pay for any labor involved in replacing the defective parts. Sometimes the warranty will cover the labor for the first year and after that will require you to pay for the labor.
And the labor that is spoken of is on the motor itself. You are responsible to remove the fan, transport it to the repair center, and reinstall the fan once you get it back.
A ceiling fan warranty can also cover the blades, glass globes, and light bulbs. But typically, these will covered for a far shorter period than your lifetime. A good warranty should cover the non-motor portions of the fan to be free from defect for a year from the date of purchase.
Like all warranties, ceiling fan warranties will not cover defects or malfunctions that are caused by mishandling, improper installation, modifications or other damage outside of what is known as normal wear and tear. This damage would include the failure to provide reasonable and necessary maintenance for the fan. It would also include damage done by a non-authorized attempt by you or a third party to repair the fan.
Typically, if these warranties are made in the United States, they are only valid for fans purchased and installed in the United States.
Warranties cannot usually be transferred. Although they are for your lifetime, they cease to be in effect when you give or sell the fan to someone else.