The cost to repair a heat pump in San Antonio ranges from $130 to $3,000, with the average cost being around $500.
After reading that, you’re probably wondering: “Why the big price range?”
Your repair cost can change depending on:
- The part that needs to be repaired or replaced
- Whether your warranty is valid
- The technician you hire
Let’s take a look at each of these factors below.
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Factor #1: The part that needs to be repaired or replaced
The part that’s broken will largely determine what you’ll pay for a heat pump repair.
You see, not all parts cost the same to repair—some are more expensive than others. And depending on the severity of the damage, the part might need to be replaced altogether, which usually raises the total cost.
Below are some of the most common types of heat pump repairs we encounter:
- Diagnosing and repairing refrigerant leak: $230–$1,500
- Fixing a defective defrost control board: $250–$650
- Repairing a malfunctioning thermostat: $85–$450
- Fixing a busted reversing valve: $850–$1,800
- Replacing a broken compressor: $800–$2,500
Some of these repairs are relatively inexpensive, like fixing a malfunctioning thermostat. However, other repairs are very expensive, like replacing the compressor, which is close to the cost of installing a new heat pump.
The good news is, if your warranty is valid, that could help alleviate some (or all) of the cost.
Factor #2: Whether your warranty is valid
All heat pump manufacturers offer a parts warranty on their equipment, which generally lasts anywhere from 5 to 10 years. That means as long as your repair falls within your warranty timeframe, you won’t have to pay out of pocket for the replacement part.
However, manufacturers will only honor your parts warranty if:
- You registered your heat pump with the manufacturer when you first installed it
- You had a certified professional maintain your heat pump regularly (and you can provide proof)
- You only used replacement parts authorized by the manufacturer
In addition to a parts warranty, the contractor who installed (or last repaired) your heat pump should have offered a labor warranty. This type of warranty is offered after an installation or repair, and it covers the labor fees associated with any repair that falls within the warranty timeframe. Typically, a labor warranty lasts anywhere from 1 to 2 years, depending on the HVAC contractor.
The easiest way to find out if your heat pump warranties are valid is to contact the contractor who last repaired/installed your system. They can look up your heat pump model number and let you know if your warranties are still valid.
Factor #3: The technician you hire
High-quality, experienced technicians generally charge more for their services.
However, choosing a higher-quality technician to repair your heat pump saves you more in the long run. The last thing you want is to pay for the same repair twice because the problem wasn’t fixed correctly the first time.
To verify if a contractor does high-quality work, make sure they…
- Are licensed and insured
- Have been in business at least 10 years
- Give written estimates on all repair jobs
- Offer a warranty on their repair work
Have good reviews on sites like Better Business Bureau, Yelp and Google
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