You may know what it costs to repair a car engine. You may know what it costs to replace a water heater. You may even know what it costs to fix and replace the cooling components in a central air conditioner, and it is rarely cheap. Do you know what furnace repairs cost? Surprisingly, they often cost less than repairing your air conditioner. Here are some of the more common repairs and what you can expect to pay, from least to most expensive.
The Igniter or Ignition Switch
This is the internal device that lights the fuel or creates flames that directly create hot air inside the furnace. If this one tiny component is not working, it usually has to be replaced. The cost for this part is often less than the service call, ranging from thirty to one hundred dollars, depending on the type of furnace you have. Sometimes, the switch is fine, but the electrical wiring connected to it has somehow broken free of the solder that attaches to the switch and signals it to turn on. Solder is a few dollars, and the switch is repaired in just a few minutes. The service call will probably cost you more than the supplies, unless the HVAC technician decides to prorate his/her time on the quarter hour because he/she will not be there for very long if the switch just needs new solder.
The Furnace Fan Blower
There are multiple things that can go wrong with this part of the furnace, but you really do need the blower to get the heated air up inside your home. A fan blade is just under a hundred dollars to less than two hundred dollars, while the blower motor itself can cost anywhere from four hundred dollars to fifteen hundred dollars, depending on the make and model of the blower and blower motor. Ergo, if the problem with your furnace is somewhere in the vicinity of the fan blower, you start out around eighty dollars, but it could cost you almost two grand, especially after you figure in the labor.
The Fuel Lines
If you have an electric furnace or a boiler, this does not apply to you. However, if you are like millions of gas, propane, and/or oil furnace customers, fuel lines are often a source of furnace repair headaches. A simple clean-out of the line is somewhere between one-hundred-fifty dollars and five hundred dollars, and that is if the line is not damaged or broken in some way.
For more information about furnace repairs, contact a local company like Vacinek Plumbing Heating & Roofing.