As most savvy facilities managers and building designers know, choosing an HVLS fan for an industrial application requires the consideration of several factors, including price, size, and power.
One critical part of choosing a high volume, low speed (HVLS) fan that is often overlooked is comparing warranties. Some manufacturers know that not every buyer will closely examine the warranty on their fans, which allows them to minimize their service costs to keep their prices low. While the upfront cost of an HVLS fan is important, the length and coverage that a fan’s warranty provides can have a serious impact on an organization’s long-term facility costs.
Big Ass Fans Industrial Warranty Overview
The industrial warranty on most HVLS fans from Big Ass Fans, including the Basic 6, Powerfoil 8, and Powerfoil X2.0 includes a lifetime warranty on hubs and airfoils. The Basic 6 fan from BAF includes a 3-year warranty on its motor, drive and controller parts, prorated up to 12 years.
The warranty that you receive on the motor, drive and controller on the Powerfoil 8 and Powerfoil X2.0 depends on who installs the fan. With a factory install the Powerfoil 8 has a 5-year warranty, and without it a 3-year warranty. Both warranties are prorated up to 12 years. The Powerfoil X2.0 includes a standard 15-year warranty with factory installation and a 7-year warranty without it. Each of BAF’s HVLS fan models comes with a 1-year warranty on labor.
MacroAir Industrial Fan Warranty Overview
MacroAir currently offers three main HVLS solutions: the AirVolution-D, AirSpan, and AirVolution.
The AirVolution-D HVLS fan offers an unlimited 50,000-hour warranty. In most industrial applications, this is the equivalent of 24 years of use. That is 9 years more coverage than the longest motor, drive and controller warranty offered by Big Ass Fans.
How can MacroAir provide this type of warranty for the AirVolution-D fan? The AirVolution-D’s onboard technology monitors fan usage by the hour, which allows you to find out exactly how long you have been using the fan. Even if MacroAir did not install your AirVolution-D fan, we will still repair or replace anything that malfunctions within the 50,000 warranty period and guidelines.
Other MacroAir fans come with a standard 12-year prorated warranty. In addition, three different warranty levels can be purchased: a 10-year, 12-year, and 15-year non-prorated warranty. However, it’s important to note that these warranties fully cover fan assembly, installation, electrical connections, and customer training.
The Bottom Line
A big aspect of choosing an HVLS fan is making sure that its warranty lasts long enough and covers the necessary elements of the fan and its installation. Big Ass Fans offers a lifetime warranty on all hubs and airfoils, a 1-year warranty on labor, and a prorated warranty up to 12 years on the Powerfoil 8 and Basic 6. MacroAir offers a 50,000-hour warranty on its AirVolution-D and a selection of either a 10, 12, or 15-year unlimited warranty on other HVLS fans.