What is an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Part?
An Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) part is supplied by the manufacturer of the appliance and matches the original specification of the part. However, OEM parts are not always the exact original part. While sometimes OEMs may change vendors, the OEM part will match electrical rating, mechanical fit, and operational characteristics exactly.
Why would you want an OEM Part?
With an OEM part, you will get exactly what belongs there. It will match the schematic on the unit and will operate exactly as the OEM designed it to. OEM parts are often easier for the technician to install because they have the same electrical connections and mechanical fit as the original part.
Challenges of OEM Parts
With seven major OEMs in the HVAC industry, each with 3-5 sub brands, that means there are over thirty brands of unique HVAC equipment. With this many unique parts, it’s nearly impossible to carry all of these parts on your truck. It is also a challenge for a distributor to carry every unique part for HVAC brands they support. Chances are, you will have to drive to get the part, and then it is possible that the distributor might not have it in stock, meaning you might not get the job completed the same day.
In addition, OEM parts are often sold at a higher price point than universal replacements.
When to Consider Universal Parts
Universal parts such as Genteq® Evergreen® ECM motors have been engineered to not only be compatible with the applications they are designed for, but to be as close to the original equipment in terms of electrical connections and mechanical fit as possible, to provide ease of installation.
With universal parts, it’s possible to cover more applications with parts on the truck. It’s also more likely the distributor will have the part in stock. This means your chances of getting the job completed the same day are higher, and you may not even have to drive for the part. A technician’s job becomes easier when they can stock universal parts on their truck.
The pricing for universal HVAC parts can be related to parts for cars. For example, when you buy a set of brakes for a car, you will likely go to a national parts store to buy a set of universal brakes instead of from the car manufacturer. Similarly, universal HVAC parts are often more economical than the OEM part.