If your furnace isn’t working properly, the first thing on your mind is how much a repair will cost.
In Buffalo, the cost to repair a furnace ranges from $100 to $2,150, with most homeowners paying around $585 on average.
Wondering what causes the price to go up or down?
The cost of your furnace repair will depend on the following factors:
Let’s look at each of these factors in more detail below.
Factor #1: What’s wrong with the furnace
What’s wrong with your furnace will largely determine the cost of your repair.
Some furnace problems are more expensive to fix than others, depending on:
- The replacement part needed: If a part is severely damaged, it may need to be replaced entirely. Some parts are more expensive to replace than others. For example, replacing the entire blower motor will cost more than replacing a simple relay switch on the motor. One part, called the heat exchanger (the part that directly heats the air), is very expensive to replace. In fact, if it turns out your heat exchanger is cracked or faulty, it may be more cost effective to replace the entire furnace instead of only replacing the heat exchanger.
- The amount of time required for the repair: Besides the cost of any needed replacement parts, the time required to fix the furnace will also determine the overall cost of the repair. A technician can fix simple problems in as little as 30 minutes, but more complicated issues can take up to 8 hours. The more time-consuming the repair, the more expensive it will be.
After diagnosing the problem, the technician will provide you with a quote to repair your furnace. The quote will include the cost of replacement parts and an estimate of the labor time needed to repair the furnace.
Factor #2: Your furnace warranties
When your furnace was first installed, it came with 2 types of warranties:
- A parts warranty (from the manufacturer of the furnace)
- A labor warranty (from the contractor who installed the furnace)
If your parts and labor warranties are valid, then you may not have to pay as much for your furnace repair. We’ll explain each of these warranties in more detail below.
A parts warranty covers the cost of a replacement part if the original part failed because of a manufacturing defect. Depending on the manufacturer, a parts warranty can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years from the day the furnace was installed. Some parts, such as the heat exchanger, are covered for 20 years or the lifetime of the furnace.
To check what parts are covered by the manufacturer and to see if your warranty is still valid, you can search for the warranty information online. Search for your furnace model number (which is located on the rating plate of the furnace) on the manufacturer’s website. If you have difficulty finding the warranty information online, contact the manufacturer directly for assistance.
A labor warranty covers the cost of labor required for a furnace repair. This means, if your warranty is still valid, the contractor will waive (or reduce) their labor fee when they repair your furnace. Labor warranties generally last anywhere from 1 to 10 years from the day the furnace was installed, depending on the contractor.
To find out if your labor warranty is still valid, you’ll need to contact the HVAC contractor who installed your furnace. They can inform you if your furnace repair will be covered under the labor warranty.
Factor #3: The contractor you hire to repair your furnace
In general, high-quality HVAC contractors charge more for their repair services. That said, high-quality contractors will accurately diagnose the problem and fix it correctly the first time.
Some disreputable HVAC contractors advertise lower prices just to get their foot in the door. The technician may try to sell you on an expensive repair you don’t actually need, or, they may rush through the repair and cut corners in the process. If the technician uses lower-quality replacement parts or doesn’t fix the issue correctly, you may have the same issue a second time or face additional repairs down the road.
Instead of risking those problems, we recommend investing in a high-quality contractor—even if they charge more for their furnace repair services.
To verify the overall quality of a contractor, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the contractor licensed and insured?
- Does the contractor offer upfront, honest pricing (in writing)?
- Does the contractor offer guarantees or labor warranties on their furnace repairs?
- Does the contractor have good reviews on sites such as Google or Better Business Bureau?
If you answered “yes” to all of the questions above, the contractor will likely do high-quality repair work and you’ll have a good experience working with them. If you answered “no” to some of the questions, we recommend looking for a different contractor.
Need a furnace repair from a trusted Buffalo tech? Call Roy’s.
Our EPA-certified technicians can quickly diagnose the problem and repair your broken furnace. When you hire Roy’s, you can count on honest prices and exceptional repair work. Since 1974, we’ve repaired countless furnaces and received thousands of 5-star customer reviews.