Furnace repair professionals specialize in diagnosing and fixing common heating problems in homes and businesses. Sometimes problems result from poor maintenance or a lack of cleaning; other times a part breaks. Repair costs depend on the individual furnace and its problem. Several factors always come into play: the cost of a service call, plus the price of parts and labor.
Many repair professionals charge a service fee to go to a home and diagnose problems. For example, Havens HVAC of Golden, Colorado, charges a standard $69 service fee. These fees are often waived—or applied to the cost of the repair—if the customer hires the professional for the job.
Parts and labor
If the furnace has broken parts, customers will pay for the cost of new parts as well as the labor to install them. Most pros charge an hourly rate for labor.
Regular cleaning and maintenance of a furnace helps avoid problems. The air filter should be replaced every month during times of heavy use. If a professional diagnoses poor cleaning and maintenance as the reason for furnace trouble, the cost usually will be relatively inexpensive. Some repair services offer regular maintenance and cleaning plans to help people avoid such problems. Regular maintenance will also extend the overall life of a furnace. It’s best to schedule a maintenance visit in the fall, just before the furnace goes into heavy use. 1st Response Heating & Air Solutions of Lynnwood, Washington, for example, offers three levels of maintenance plans: a $105 Basic Plan, a $145 Preferred Plan and a $495 Platinum Plan, all of which offer an annual precision tune-up, filter replacement or cleaning, warranties on parts and labor of varying lengths, and discounts on repairs. Easy Bay Heating and Air of Livermore, California, offers a tune-up special for $58.
Electrical or thermostat problem
Sometimes the problem with a furnace is electrical in nature. It might be nothing more than a blown fuse or circuit. This repair should be relatively inexpensive unless the electrical system has a serious problem, in which case an electrician will need to help. Sometimes furnace problems are related to the thermostat. If that needs to be replaced, it can cost $100 or more.
Repair or replace
If a furnace is more than a decade old or if the cost estimate is a couple thousand dollars, it may be more cost-effective to get a new furnace installed. Newer furnaces are likely to be more energy-efficient than older ones. The cost to replace a furnace depends on the type of furnace, whether it’s gas or electric, and other factors.
If a furnace is still under warranty, certain failed parts might be covered for free, although you’ll still most likely need to pay the repair professional for the service call and the labor.