Wondering how much it will cost to repair your broken furnace?
In San Antonio, the cost to repair a furnace ranges from $130 to $3,000, with most homeowners paying around $500 on average.
Why the big price range?
The reason there’s such a big price range is because the cost depends on the following factors:
- The type of repair you need
- The warranty you have
- The contractor you hire for the repair
We’ll look at each of these factors in more detail.
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Cost factor #1: The type of repair you need
Think of getting a furnace repair like servicing your car: some car repairs are difficult and very expensive (like a transmission repair), while others are easy to fix and relatively inexpensive (like replacing a broken headlight). It’s the same with furnaces—the type of repair largely determines what you’ll end up paying.
To give you a better idea of how furnace repairs can vary in terms of cost, below are some common furnace repairs with their corresponding price ranges:
- Broken thermostat repair: $75 to $450
- Flame sensor fix: $200 to $300
- Blower motor repair: $800 to $1200
- Replacing faulty ignitors: $200 to $300
- Fixing a flue pipe: $400 to $800
Inducer fan motor repair: $650 to $900
Cost factor #2: The warranty you have
Here’s the bottom line: If your furnace is still under warranty, you’ll pay less for your repair.
When you first purchased your furnace, it should have come with 2 types of warranties:
- Parts warranty: A parts warranty is offered by the manufacturer of the furnace. It usually lasts for 5–10 years (depending on the manufacturer) from the date your furnace was first installed. The purpose of this warranty is to cover important parts (such as the heat exchanger) if they fail prematurely.
- Labor warranty: Most high-quality HVAC contractors include a labor warranty that lasts at least 1 year from the date they installed your furnace. These contractors usually offer a guarantee on their repair work, so they might take care of all or most of the labor cost if you’re facing the same repair.
How to find your furnace warranties
- How to find yourparts warranty: Find the manufacturer of your furnace (Lennox, Carrier, Rheem, etc.). Search for your furnace model number on the manufacturer's website, then look for the warranty info. If you can’t find the warranty, contact the manufacturer directly for assistance.
- How to find your labor warranty: Contact the contractor who installed your furnace. They can provide you with your labor warranty info.
Note: Your furnace manufacturer may not honor the parts warranty if...
- You didn’t register your unit with the manufacturer when it was installed.
- A technician used off-brand replacement parts, instead of parts approved by the manufacturer.
- You haven’t had your furnace annually maintained by a certified professional.
- Your furnace was installed incorrectly.
Cost factor #3: The contractor you hire
High-quality contractors generally charge more for their repair services. However, hiring a high-quality contractor will save you money in the long run.
A high-quality contractor will do the repair correctly the first time, which means you won’t have to spend extra money on the same repair down the road. The last thing you want is to pay for the same repair twice.
Before you hire a contractor, ask yourself these questions to make sure they do high-quality work:
- Is the contractor licensed and insured? This ensures the contractor will obey local codes, and that you’ll be protected if something goes wrong on the job.
- Does the contractor have good online reviews? Look at sites like Better Business Bureau, Google and Yelp. The more positive reviews, the more likely you’ll have a good experience working with them.
- How long has the company been in business? You should look for a company that has been in business at least 10 years. This proves that the company has established itself and will likely not go out of business any time soon.
- Do they give written quotes? Getting a quote in writing keeps a contractor bound to their initial quote, which reduces the chance of surprise fees at the end of the project.
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