How much does it cost to service and repair a boiler?
$70 – $350 routine boiler service cost
$150 – $700 average boiler repair cost
Boiler service cost
Boiler service costs $70 to $125 for an inspection or $150 to $350 for cleaning. The average cost to repair a boiler is $150 to $700. Annual gas boiler services cost $200 to $500 for a tune-up, cleaning, and repairs. Minimum call-out charges for boiler repairs are $75 to $200.
|Inspection||$70 – $125|
|Annual maintenance plan||$200 – $500|
|Service call / flat fee call-out charge||$75 – $200|
|Boiler cleaning or descaling||$150 – $600|
|Hourly rates||$75 – $150|
|Average repair cost||$150 – $700|
Average cost to repair a boiler
The following table shows the average cost to service or repair a boiler:
|National average cost||$300|
|Average cost range||$150 to $500|
* Cost data is from research and project costs reported by HomeGuide members.
Boiler service costs by fuel type
Boiler service costs depend on the unit’s fuel type and the extent of the maintenance or repairs required.
|Gas||$100 – $400|
|Oil||$150 – $500|
|Electric||$150 – $450|
*Prices include parts and labor.
Gas boiler repair service cost
A gas boiler inspection and repair service costs $100 to $400 on average. Replace gas boilers more than 15 years old that require expensive repairs. A gas boiler replacement costs $3,200 to $9,000.
Common problems include:
Replacing faulty temperature, gas, or pressure regulator valves
Changing out damaged circulating pumps
Flushing air out of the system pipes
Upgrading damaged transformers or igniters
Changing loose wiring connections
Repairing natural gas fuel lines
Heat exchanger replacement
Upgrading the expansion tank
Oil heating boiler service cost
An oil heating boiler service costs $150 to $500 on average for most repairs. A heating-oil tank replacement costs $1,000 to $6,200 if the old tank is leaking beyond repair.
Common problems include:
Fixing pipes to stop fuel-oil line leaks
Replacing faulty oil burners & transformers
Changing out a clogged heating-oil pump
Replacing the oil-boiler chimney flue to prevent misfiring
Flushing air out of the fuel line
Loose wiring connections
Replacing damaged valves
Upgrading the expansion tank
Replacing the heat exchanger
Electric boiler repair estimate
An electric boiler repair costs $150 to $450 on average. Electric boilers have no risk of gas or fuel leaks and don’t have air filters, fans, or vents to clean.
Common problems include:
Circulating pump replacement to balance water pressure
Electrical wiring repairs to solve connection failures
Valve replacements to fix water leaks
System flush to remove trapped air or clogs in radiators
Thermostat repair or replacement to improve heat control
Heat exchanger replacement to boost heating capacity
Boiler repair costs
The average cost to repair a boiler is $150 to $700, depending on the condition, brand, size, accessibility, and how many parts need upgrading.
Alternatively, a boiler replacement costs $3,200 to $9,000 on average.
|Circulating pump replacement||$300 – $1,100|
|Zone valve replacement||$100 – $500|
|Expansion tank replacement||$200 – $800|
|Gas valve replacement||$200 – $900|
|Radiator valve replacement||$125 – $300|
|Coil replacement||$500 – $1,000|
|Fan replacement||$200 – $500|
|Transformer replacement||$150 – $500|
|Flue replacement||$300 – $700|
|Ignitor replacement||$100 – $400|
|Water pipe leak repair||$150 – $850|
|Thermostat replacement cost||$140 – $350|
|Electrical work and repair cost||$140 – $420|
*Minimum call out charges for boiler repairs are $75 to $200.
Boiler circulating pump cost
Replacing a boiler circulating pump costs $300 to $1,100, depending on the brand, size, and speed. A broken circulating pump won’t send hot water from the tank through the heating system pipes.
Zone valve replacement cost
A boiler zone valve replacement costs $100 to $500 on average. Zone valve installation costs depend on whether the system needs new piping. The zone valve controls room temperatures by directing the flow of water or steam to each room.
Boiler expansion tank replacement cost
A boiler expansion tank replacement costs $200 to $800, depending on the system type, size, and whether it needs a new relief valve also. Faulty expansion tanks cause boiler leaks or system overheating.
Boiler gas valve replacement cost
A boiler gas valve replacement costs $200 to $900 on average. Replacing the gas valve requires removing and reconnecting to natural gas lines. Always hire a professional for gas-line work.
Boiler radiator valve replacement cost
The cost to replace a boiler radiator valve is $125 to $300, depending on the valve type.
Common types include:
Steam radiator valves
Modulating temperature control valves
Boiler coil replacement cost
A boiler coil replacement costs $500 to $1,000, depending on the model and size. If hard-water minerals clog the boiler coil, then the gasket, piping connections, and valves may also need replacing.
Boiler fan replacement cost
The cost to replace a boiler fan is $200 to $500, depending on the brand and size. The induced draft blower is an exhaust fan essential for pushing the boiler’s combustion fumes outside through the vent or chimney.
Boiler transformer replacement cost
Replacing a boiler transformer costs $150 to $500, excluding replacing any other wiring or thermostat work. The total cost depends on the part type, voltage rating, and whether it’s part of a full external spark transformer kit.
Boiler flue replacement cost
A standard boiler flue replacement costs $300 to $700, depending on the length and material. Installing a stainless-steel chimney liner costs $900 to $3,800. This heating duct or vent pipe carries the boiler’s combustion fumes out of the home.
Gas boilers have a wide range of vents like PVC pipes or metal ducts.
Oil boilers typically connect to chimneys because they require stainless steel vents or flues.
Electric boilers don’t need vents because they don’t produce fumes.
Boiler service and tune-up cost factors
Boiler inspection and cleaning costs depend on the system’s fuel source and the service type.
|Flat call-out charge for repairs||$75 – $200|
|Hourly service rates||$75 – $150|
|Emergency hourly service||$140 – $210|
|Annual service contract||$200 – $500|
|Boiler inspection||$70 – $125|
|Gas and oil boiler cleaning||$150 – $350|
|System flush and descaling||$150 – $600|
Service type – Basic inspections don’t include part replacement. However, annual service contracts cover some parts and a full cleaning.
Boiler type & fuel source – Servicing oil boilers typically costs more than inspecting and cleaning a gas boiler.
Labor – Rates increase for difficult-to-access unit locations and emergency calls. Some technicians have flat rates, or they charge hourly for complex jobs.
Warranty – Companies offer free replacement boiler parts for 5 to 10 years, excluding labor.
Insurance – Homeowners policies sometimes cover repairs or replacements due to natural disasters.
Maintenance frequency – Tune-ups often cost most for systems that haven’t had annual service.
Fixed call-out charge for boiler repair
Fixed call-out charges for boiler repairs are $75 to $200 on average and typically include the first hour of labor. Boiler service technicians charge $75 to $150 per hour plus parts.
Annual boiler service charge
Annual boiler service charges are $200 to $500, depending on the service contract.
Yearly boiler maintenance costs typically include:
System pressure checks
Discounts on call-out fees
Replacing basic parts like gaskets at no extra charge
Combustion-setting adjustments with a calibrated analyzer
Condensation-drain cleaning for high-efficiency models
Burner & exhaust-vent cleaning
Boiler inspection cost
A boiler inspection costs $70 to $125 on average, not including repairs. The HVAC technician diagnoses any problems and offers repair options.
Carbon-monoxide leak tests
Checking all electric connections & thermostat relays
Testing all burners, valves, & exhaust flues
Radiator & piping checks
Gas and oil boiler cleaning cost
Cleaning a gas or oil boiler costs $150 to $350 on average. Some HVAC companies offer boiler cleaning as part of their annual service agreement plans.
Technicians typically clean:
Heat exchanger tubes
Boiler flush and descaling cost
A boiler system flush costs $150 to $600 on average. The cost of descaling a boiler depends on the size, pipe length, and amount of sediment buildup. Places with hard water need the most descaling.
Installing a water softener costs $800 to $2,500 to prevent scale buildup and extend the life of hot-water appliances.
Clearing mineral deposits from the pipes prevent the system from overheating.
Commercial boiler service prices
Commercial boiler service prices are $75 to $150 per hour, plus parts. Commercial contractors typically charge per hour due to additional complexities of industrial-size boilers.
Boiler service FAQs
How long does it take to service a boiler?
Servicing a boiler takes 30 to 90 minutes for an inspection and general maintenance, depending on the boiler type, age, condition, and accessibility.
Servicing a gas boiler takes 30 to 60 minutes.
Servicing an oil boiler takes 1 to 3 hours.
Is it worth servicing a boiler?
Servicing a boiler is worth it to:
Stop carbon monoxide poisoning.
Maintain warranty coverage.
Prevent expensive repair and breakdowns.
Keep the machine running at its top-efficiency level.
Prevent fires from burner failures.
Avoid pipe corrosion.
Stop pressure buildup inside the boiler that leads to explosions.
Avoid water leaks.
Increase the unit’s lifespan.
Stop utility bills from rising.
How often do I need to service my boiler?
A new boiler needs its first service 1 to 2 years after installation. After that, boilers typically need yearly servicing, and annual inspections are mandatory in some states.
Getting free estimates for boiler repair
Servicing your boiler yourself is illegal and hazardous without proper training. Before hiring a boiler service near you, be sure to:
Choose HVAC professionals or plumbers with certifications from:
Compare at least three boiler repair estimates from experienced installers.
Select licensed, insured, and bonded HVAC contractors.
Avoid choosing the lowest quotes that signal low-quality work.
Review their ratings on HomeGuide and Google.
Request copies of estimates, plan diagrams, warranties, and contracts.
Verify the bids include all materials, labor, equipment costs, and the installation schedule.
Set up a payment schedule. Don’t pay in full upfront.
Questions to ask
How long have you been servicing boilers, and can I see references from past jobs?
Which kind of boiler and brands have you worked on the most?
Can you show me quotes for repairing vs. replacing these parts?
Do you check my thermostat functions and connections?
Will you subcontract any part of these repairs to an electrician or plumber?
What can you do to improve the energy efficiency of this unit?
How much are your maintenance plans?
Which additional costs are not part of the annual service plan?
How long will the repairs take?
What does the warranty cover, and how long does it last?
Did the old boiler fail from lime-scale buildup, and if so, how can I stop it?
What’s your payment schedule?
For a gas boiler, can you do a combustion analysis test to check for gas leaks?