How much does a furnace inducer motor replacement cost?
$400 – $1,100 average replacement cost
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December 27, 2021Reviewed by Tom Grupa and 2 expert furnace companies on HomeGuide.
Furnace inducer motor replacement cost
A furnace inducer motor replacement costs $400 to $1,100 on average. A furnace inducer motor assembly costs $100 to $500 for the part alone. Draft inducer replacement labor alone costs $300 to $600.
|National average cost||$700|
|Average cost range||$400 to $1,100|
Cost data is from research and project costs reported by HomeGuide members.
Furnace inducer motor cost factors
The cost to replace a furnace inducer motor depends on the furnace manufacturer, accessibility, warranty, and location.
|Furnace inducer motor assembly||$100 – $500|
|Labor to replace||$300 – $600|
|Total cost||$400 – $1,100|
Additional cost factors include:
- Brand – Premium brand and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts are typically more expensive than generic parts.
- Motor type (PSC vs. ECM) – ECM motors are more expensive but run quieter and more efficiently.
- Pressure switch – A new air pressure switch costs $15 to $80 for the part alone. This switch attaches to the inducer motor and often fails when old motors do.
- Furnace type and size – More expensive inducer motor assemblies are necessary for larger furnaces with high-voltage.
- Efficiency ratings – High-efficiency units with two-stage or modulating motors allow variable heat settings, costing more than single-stage blower motors.
- Labor – Rates increase for hard-to-reach furnace locations and emergency calls.
- Region – Hourly rates in larger cities are typically higher than in rural areas.
- Season – Service and repair costs increase during peak cold weather due to high demand.
- DIY vs. professional – DIY inducer motor replacement saves $300 to $600 in labor costs but typically voids warranties.
- Warranty – Most furnace warranties cover parts for 5 to 10 years, but not labor.
Furnace inducer motor replacement labor cost
Labor for replacing a furnace inducer motor costs $300 to $600 on average, depending on local labor rates, service fees, and job complexity.
- Furnace repair contractor rates are $75 to $150 per hour on average.
- Minimum service fees are $75 to $200, typically including the first hour of work.
- HVAC emergency service costs $140 to $210 per hour for weekends, holidays, and after-hours calls.
Draft furnace inducer motor assembly cost by brand
A furnace draft-inducer motor replacement costs $400 to $1,100, depending on the brand and part availability. A new inducer motor assembly costs $70 to $300 on average, or up to $600+ for original manufacturer parts (OEM).
|Brand||Assembly part price||Total cost installed|
|Armstrong||$110 – $340||$400 – $950|
|Bryant||$140 – $440||$450 – $1,050|
|Carrier||$125 – $600||$400 – $1,200|
|Goodman / Amana||$70 – $275||$350 – $900|
|Heil||$80 – $520||$400 – $1,100|
|Lennox||$90 – $775||$400 – $1,350|
|Rheem / Ruud||$120 – $465||$400 – $1,050|
|Trane||$100 – $635||$400 – $1,250|
|York||$140 – $470||$450 – $1,050|
Carrier inducer motor replacement cost
A Carrier inducer motor replacement costs $400 to $1,200, depending on the model. Carrier furnace inducer motor prices alone are $125 to $600 on average. Carrier parts typically cost more due to brand recognition and quality.
Trane inducer motor replacement cost
Replacing a Trane inducer motor costs $400 to $1,250 for parts and labor, depending on the furnace type. Trane designs, builds, and tests their own parts, which typically cost more in the higher price range.
Bryant inducer motor replacement cost
Replacing a Bryant furnace inducer motor costs $450 to $1,050, depending on the model. Bryant is part of the Carrier line of furnaces, and most parts are interchangeable. Bryant is the more economical version of Carrier, so their parts cost less.
Heil inducer motor replacement cost
A Heil draft inducer motor replacement costs $400 to $1,100, depending on the furnace type. Heil is an economical alternative in the Carrier brand family of furnaces. However, Heil parts are not compatible with Carrier or Bryant.
Signs of a bad inducer motor
Signs of a bad inducer motor include:
- Vibrating or rattling noises shortly after the heating cycle begins
- Unusual sounds while the furnace is on, such as a hissing, loud hum, or screeching
- Furnace starts and then stops suddenly
- Unresponsive furnace that won’t run
- Blinking LED lights showing an error code signal
A furnace inspection costs $50 to $150 and typically applies to any repairs made.
What causes a furnace draft inducer motor to fail?
Common causes of furnace draft inducer motor failure include:
- Faulty pressure switch
- Filter or vent blockage
- Loose, rusty, or unbalanced motor wheel
- No power coming from the capacitor
- Old age
- Worn internal bearings
- Broken fan blades or loose parts
Frequently asked questions
What is a furnace inducer motor, and what does it do?
A furnace inducer motor removes harmful gases from the previous heating cycle. The attached blower fan starts 30 to 60 seconds before burners ignite and pushes leftover gases out through the vent pipe. The motorized fan provides a steady oxygen flow to the burners until the heating cycle ends.
Another common name for a furnace inducer motor is “draft inducer blower assembly.”
How long do furnace inducer motors last?
A furnace inducer motor lasts 10 to 20 years on average. Annual maintenance is the best way to extend the furnace inducer’s lifespan.
How long does it take to replace a furnace inducer motor?
Replacing a furnace inducer motor takes 30 to 60 minutes, depending on inspection time, accessibility, and wiring requirements. Most HVAC technicians charge a minimum service fee regardless of the time spent that includes up to one hour of labor.
Does homeowners insurance or a home warranty cover furnace inducer replacement?
A home warranty sometimes covers furnace inducer replacement and other HVAC repairs due to normal wear and tear, depending on the plan type. Homeowners insurance only pays for the motor if the damages came from natural disasters, accidents, or theft.
Hiring a furnace repair service
Before hiring a furnace repair service near you:
- Get at least three in-person estimates to compare.
- Verify the HVAC contractor has a state license with gas-piping qualifications.
- Check for certifications from:
- NATE (North American Technician Excellence)
- American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, & Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
- HVAC Excellence
- Other local HVAC training programs
- Look at their reviews on HomeGuide and Google.
- Seek certified, insured, and bonded companies with 5+ years of experience.
- Get a written estimate, contract, and warranty before work begins.
- Avoid companies with the cheapest quotes as quality may suffer.
- Don’t pay in full upfront. Follow a payment plan and save receipts.
Questions to ask
- Can you show me a list of references?
- Do you provide free estimates?
- How long will the job take?
- Do you use original equipment manufacturer parts or generic parts?
- Why did my inducer motor fail, and how can I prevent future motor problems?
- Does the temperature setting affect the motor’s lifespan?
- How often should I replace the furnace air filter?
- Do I need to replace the pressure switch along with the motor?
- Are there any other potential safety issues with my gas furnace setup?
- What’s the best way to improve my indoor air quality?
- Can you recommend ways to increase the efficiency and lifespan of my furnace?
- Do you offer an HVAC maintenance plan? If so, what does it include?
- Is there a warranty on your work or parts?
- Will you provide a written summary of all repairs and maintenance?
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