While it’s almost impossible to give you a price estimate on your boiler repair without first inspecting your boiler, we can give you a broad price range to expect.
In Buffalo, the cost of a boiler repair can range anywhere from $90 to $1,850+.
Again, we know that’s a very broad price range so let’s look at some of the factors that will impact your boiler repair cost.
The main factors that affect how much you’ll pay for your boiler repair are:
- The type of repair needed
- The type of warranties you have
- How well-maintained your boiler is
- The company/contractor you hire
- Whether or not you have a maintenance plan
Below, we’ll explain each of these 5 cost factors so that you can better prepare for your boiler repair!
Five boiler repair cost factors
1. The type of repair needed
This is the cost factor with the biggest impact on the overall price. That’s because the type of repair needed will dictate 2 things:
The amount of labor needed to complete the job
Whether replacement parts are needed
Once a contractor knows how much labor is involved and what parts might need to be ordered and installed, they will be able to give you a very precise price estimate.
For example, let’s say that your boiler is leaking. A professional comes to inspect the system and diagnoses the issue as a worn out pump seal. Now the contractor knows that the job will require a replacement pump seal and will take roughly 1-2 hours to complete. From there, they should be able to calculate a more specific price estimate based on those two items.
2. The type of warranties you have
There are two main warranties that will impact how much you pay for your boiler repair:
- Labor warranty
- Parts warranty
If one or both of these warranties are valid, you won’t have to pay as much out of pocket for your repair.
A labor warranty is provided by the company or contractor you hired to install your boiler system and covers the cost of labor should a repair pop up due to faulty installation work. Normally, this warranty covers labor costs for about 1-2 years after installing your boiler.
To check if your labor warranty is still valid, contact the company who first installed your boiler.
A manufacturer warranty is provided by the manufacturer you purchased your boiler from (i.e. Rheem, Lennox, etc.). This warranty usually covers the cost of defective parts for a certain amount of time—usually around 1-5 years. However, some parts of your boiler, like the heat exchanger, may be under warranty for longer.
To check if your manufacturer warranty is still valid, either check with the contractor who installed your boiler or call the manufacturer (have your boiler model # ready).
3. How well-maintained your boiler is
If you’ve kept your boiler well-maintained throughout the years, your boiler repair is likely going to cost less.
When a boiler is maintained regularly (at least once a year), it means the system has been kept in strong working condition and small issues that could become bigger problems have been identified and corrected already. That means that whatever is wrong with your boiler is likely a smaller, less expensive issue.
Homeowners should have a professional maintain their boiler at least once a year to keep it in good working condition. Regular maintenance visits don’t just keep your boiler repair costs low, they also keep your manufacturer’s warranty valid (most manufacturers will void a warranty if the system wasn’t regularly maintained by a professional).
4. The company/contractor you hire
Higher-quality and more experienced contractors typically charge more for their repairs.
Don’t let that scare you away from choosing a high-quality contractor though. In fact, we suggest that you go with a higher-quality contractor to ensure that the repair is completed correctly the first time around. This will actually save you time and money in the long run.
- So how do you tell a high-quality contractor from a low-quality one?
- They will operate out of a brick and mortar location, not just a truck
- They are licensed and insured (and willing to provide proof of this)
- They take the time to get as much information from you over the phone (to ensure they arrive with the right equipment)
- They provide upfront pricing in writing before any work is completed
- They have been in business for at least 10 years
- They have good reviews on Google
5.Whether or not you have a maintenance plan
If you are part of a maintenance plan, you will likely pay less for your repair. That’s because being a maintenance member means your boiler has been well-maintained over the years (see cost factor #3).
Plus, being a maintenance member often comes with perks like discounts on repairs, which will also help keep your cost low.
For example, our maintenance plan at Roy’s comes with an annual tune-up of your heating system, up to 20% discount on HVAC repairs, up to 10% discount on HVAC equipment and much more. See more details on our maintenance plan.
Need a professional boiler repair? Just call Roy’s.
Since 1974, Roy’s has been repairing boilers for homeowners in the Buffalo area. We focus on providing worry-free boiler repairs that start with thorough diagnoses and upfront pricing that we deliver in writing before any work is done. Plus, we offer 24/7 emergency boiler repairs, so it’s never too late to give us a call!