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What Does ‘Act of God’ Mean for Your Warranties?

act of god flood

What is an Act of God?

The phrase act of God may evoke images of the Father Almighty smiting the black sheep of the bible. But more often than not, when someone says an act of God, they’re referring to an uncontrollable event. Most likely a natural disaster.

Hurricanes, floods, bushfires, lightning, volcanoes and tsunamis are considered acts of God.

So what does this have to do with emergency plumbing? Well, the chances are high that you’ll find a clause in the warranty of your hot water system stating that the unit is not covered against acts of God or natural disasters. The same goes for air conditioning and a plethora of other white goods.

For example, both Rinnai and Rheem are two leading brands that do not honour warranties for these worst case scenarios, which is fair enough. Why should they replace your water heater free of charge just because a flood carries it off towards the horizon never to be seen again?

This is actually standard practice. Homes, cars and appliances are typically not covered by insurance or warranties for acts of God unless you take additional coverage.

But why acts of God? Why not refer to these scenarios as natural disasters or uncontrollable events which they are? It all dates back to centuries-old legal precedents contrived when atheists were not considered mainstream.

You might expect these legalities to have been updated to represent modern values, but not everyone has jumped on board. And as a result, several people have attempted to sue God for damages, and Billy Connolly even starred in a film about it.

So What’s the Moral of the Story?

Always read the fine print. This way, you can take out the appropriate insurance for your home and possessions and know that you’ll be covered against the worst events that the Father Almighty or Mother Nature throw your way.

And if you need repairs or the installation of a new unit that’s not covered by warranties, you can call us for assistance, 24/7. We offer $0 deposit interest free terms** through ZipPay and Humm. Anything else is just a recipe for disaster.

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