How Much Does Furnace Repair Cost by a Furnace Technician?
Posted on: November 25, 2016 | by: Will Housh
That rattle, squeak, or lack of heat coming from the furnace sends a shiver up the spines of many homeowners – and not just because of the chilly air! Many worry about furnace repair costs, assuming the price tag will be beyond affordable.
Wintertime in cold climates makes furnace repairs a necessity. It isn’t advisable or safe to ignore issues preventing your home from heating properly.
The price for furnace repairs will vary from company to company. While we can’t tell you how much a furnace technician will charge you, we’ve put together some estimates of furnace repair costs to help you avoid “sticker shock.”
Cost of a Furnace Technician Service Call
Most HVAC contractors charge a service fee for a furnace technician to come to your home. This fee typically ranges between $50 to $100. This charge is just for the furnace inspection. Repairs are in addition to the service fee. Your fees may increase if you require service after normal business hours, over the weekend, or on a holiday.
Some companies offer deals to waive service fees when you purchase repairs. Or, if you have a preventative maintenance agreement with a contractor, the company may wave your service fee. Check the contractor’s website and local ads for deals. Ask the contractor about any special offers which could save you money.
Furnace Repair Costs for Common Heating System Issues
Per HomeAdvisor, the average furnace repair cost across the country is $268. Most homeowners spent from $135 to $422 per repair. Below, you’ll find common furnace issues, and a rough estimate of the price to correct them.
Ignitor malfunctions are a common problem which cause a furnace to break down. Lack of maintenance causes dirt and grime to build up on the ignitors, eventually damaging them. To replace furnace ignitors, a furnace technician will charge about $300 to $400.
A faulty thermostat can cause a homeowner to assume there is a problem with the home’s furnace. Replacing a thermostat has a broad cost range, as there are so many types available. A basic manual thermostat will cost you $20 or so; a smart thermostat will run $200 or more, depending on the model.
The system’s flame sensors detect heat from the burners, telling the furnace to continue releasing fuel. If the sensor is faulty, fuel may burn in an unsafe way, putting your family in danger or causing the system to completely shut down. Furnace repair costs to replace a flame sensor can run from $80 to $250.
Replacing a bad furnace motor is a serious repair, taking more time and more money to correct than some other issues. In some cases, a furnace technician may not have the correct replacement motor on-hand, and will need to order the part, adding a day or more before completing the repair. Replacing a furnace motor can cost between $400 and $1,500.
As furnace problems arise, many homeowners are overcome with worry as to what the cost to fix their heating system will be. Knowing a rough estimate of the price your repairs may cost will help you better financially plan for the service your system needs. This will also help you feel more in control when meeting with a furnace technician, so you are not blindsided by the price tag.