If you’re trying to figure out how much an HVAC service is going to cost, keep in mind that the price varies depending on a few factors. These can include:
- size of the system
- age of the equipment
- complexity of the system
- regularity of service
- necessary repairs
If any serious problems are found during the service, the repairs will impact the overall cost of the visit. With that said, there are typical price ranges for HVAC service costs...
How much does an HVAC service cost?
An HVAC service call typically costs between $100 and $150. But, many factors impact how much an HVAC service will cost. The type, size, age, and complexity of your system and even time of year will have an effect on the overall cost. And of course, any necessary repairs will also have an impact.
Additional service cost estimates that are common:
- Replace condensate drain tube – $20
- Replace condensate drain pump – $240 to $450
- Replace drain pans – $250 to $575
- Flush drain line – $75 to $250
- Recharge refrigerant – $250 to $750
- Repair refrigerant leak – $200 to $1,500
- Replace compressor – $1,900+
- Replace breakers, relays, or fuses – $75 to $290
- Replace condenser coil – $1,900 to $2,900
- Replace blower motor – $450
- Replace thermostat –$200 to $400+ (depends on the model)
- Replace ignitor – $300 to $400
- Repair flame sensor – $80
- Replace flame sensor – $250
- Replace heat exchanger – $500 to $1,200
- Replace pressure sensor/circuit board – $350
- Replace gas valve – $250 to $400
- Replace smart valve – $750
- Replace draft inducer -$400 to $650
The best HVAC technicians recommend preventative maintenance to help you avoid costly repairs down the road. One thing is for certain though, regularly servicing your HVAC equipment extends the life of the system and will end up saving you more money in the long run.
Why Does the Cost of an HVAC Tune-Up Vary So Drastically?
Pricing for service varies as it depends on a variety of factors including the number of systems and the type of systems. Low cost offers are likely a temporary special. This ‘loss leader’ technique is used by many HVAC companies to bring in new customers, just don’t expect to pay that little on your next visit.
Offers on the high end of the spectrum might include some basic HVAC repairs with the offer or, at some HVAC companies, could be a result of higher prices during the busy season, when professional HVAC servicemen are in high demand.
If you have an 8,000 square foot home, several units, multi-level systems, or other peripheral equipment that needs servicing, expect to pay more.
When Should You Get HVAC Service?
Most HVAC companies get tremendously busy during the winter and summer, which is when people are running their systems the hardest and when more systems break down or need repairs.
Ideally, you should get your HVAC system serviced in Spring and Fall to make sure everything is in working order going into the harsher seasons.
You may find it’s easier to schedule an appointment this time of year, and some companies may charge less during the slow seasons, however, any time of year is a good time for HVAC service.
Here in Virginia, we’re blessed with four very distinct seasons, but that means we have both harsh winters and harsh summers, so be sure both your heating system and air conditioner are tuned up and ready for both.
Dominion Will Help You Cut Down on Energy Expenses!
Dominion Energy has several programs designed to help Virginia residents save money, reduce energy consumption, and maintain their electronic appliances.
- Smart Cooling Rewards Program
- Income and Age-Qualifying Home Improvement Program
- Energy Saving Tips
- Lower My Bill Guide
- Energy Savings Calculator
Visit Dominion’s website or speak with a participating partner, like Howell’s Heating & Air, to learn more.
If you feel like your electric bill was particularly high last winter, your heat pump might need a tune-up.
About 40% of energy use can be attributed to heating and cooling costs here in Richmond, Virginia. A simple tune-up is one of the best ways to save on energy bills because it can help get your system running more efficiently.
Tune-ups can also help extend the life of your equipment. Adding just a few years can have huge impacts on the overall price of a heat pump and HVAC system.
Factors that Impact the Cost of HVAC Service Appointments
The price of an HVAC service call could depend on any of the following:
- The company you hire
- The type of system you have
- The number of repairs needed
- Could change depending on the season (with some HVAC companies)
If you want to be sure you’re paying the appropriate amount of money for an HVAC tune-up, hire a company you trust with a good track record and reputation.
Sign Up for an HVAC Maintenance Program
It's easy to forget about getting your HVAC equipment serviced. Signing up for an ongoing service program, like the Comfort Club Maintenance Plan offered by Howell’s is one of the best ways to keep your heating and air conditioning systems in good working order and lower the price of regular HVAC maintenance.