HVAC repairs cost $150 to $450 on average, depending on the problem and whether the system is still under warranty. Common small repairs include replacing the circuit board, thermostat, or capacitor. Larger repairs like replacing the evaporator coil, condenser, furnace blower motor, or air handler can cost $1,000 to $3,000+ if the unit is out of warranty.
Most HVAC companies also charge a $75 to $200 service call fee for a visit to diagnose the problem.
HVAC replacement costs $5,000 to $11,000, including a new furnace and AC unit using the existing ductwork. A new HVAC system with ductwork costs $7,000 to $16,000 installed.
Prices depend on the house size, ductwork length, and the HVAC system size, type, and brand. AC units with a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating and high-efficiency furnaces cost 30% to 100% more but reduce your energy costs and may save you more money in the long-term.
Most homeowners insurance policies only cover HVAC repairs if the breakdown was caused by a natural disaster, such as a fire or tornado. Standard policies do not cover repairs for normal wear and tear.
Some insurance companies offer an add-on policy at an extra cost to cover HVAC repairs caused by age or normal use.
HVAC repair technicians typically don't expect a tip, but they appreciate a $10 to $20 tip for outstanding service. Consider offering the technician a beverage, send positive feedback to their manager, and post a positive review online.
HVAC systems last 15 to 25 years on average, depending on the brand and usage. Each component has its own lifespan:
Have your HVAC system serviced at least once or twice per year, depending on the climate and the system's age and type. Most experts recommend having the air conditioning components serviced in the spring and the heating components serviced in the fall.
Look for these signs your HVAC system needs repairs or replacing:
Consider replacing instead of repairing your HVAC system if:
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