Heat Pump Repair Cost

How much does it cost to repair a heat pump?

The heat pump is a vital part of a home’s HVAC system and keeps the home comfortable and efficient. If it is broken, it can cause lots of problems including inefficient heating, leaks, and uneven temperatures, so that’s why it should be fixed immediately. Before calling an HVAC professional, check your thermostat settings to make sure things are set to the correct temperature. If problems persist, call a professional. Although there are small checks and fixes a homeowner can make on their own, almost all heat pump repairs need to be done with an HVAC professional. The average cost of a repair is $250-$600.

There are two main types of heat pumps: air-to-air and geothermal. Air-to-air systems don’t have any ductwork because they operate with an outdoor condenser that pulls in air from outside and puts it straight in the heat pump, which makes them significantly less expensive (around 25% of the cost) to install, service, and repair, compared to a geothermal system, which requires extensive ductwork.

Heat pumps can require repair for a variety of reasons. Below are some of the most common problems with the price based on the type of system:

ProblemGeothermal Air-to-Air
Won’t turn onA repair can be as simple as resetting the circuit breaker, or as complicated as replacing the switch valve ($80-$100) or replacing a leaking refrigerant line ($3-$5 per linear foot).Main problems include a tripped circuit breaker, a broken condenser switch ($150-$230), or a broken electric motor ($400).
Breaker tripsThe most common cause is a weak breaker, which happens with age and wear. This can be reconnected and fixed for $100-$150.The most common cause is a weak breaker, which happens with age and wear. This can be reconnected and fixed for $100-$150.
Fan doesn’t runThe fan limit switch costs $20-$75 and can cause the fan to break when it isn’t working properly.Check to make sure there isn’t debris blocking the fan; if not, the fan limit switch needs to be replaced ($30-$60).
Compressor doesn’t runThe compressor is responsible for maintaining the temperature and compressing the gas and air. A new single-stage compressor averages $750-$1,250; a two-stage compressor averages $1,000-$1,700.The compressor is responsible for maintaining the temperature and compressing the gas and air. Price averages $800-$1,200 for a new compressor.
Heat pump freezesThis is a common problem in the colder months and can be fixed by adding refrigerant ($75-$150) or replacing the defrost timer ($200-$250).This is a common problem in the colder months and can be fixed by adding refrigerant ($75-$150) or replacing the defrost timer ($200-$250).
Cool air blowsThis typically means the reversing valve needs to be replaced, which averages $450-$600.This typically means the reversing valve needs to be replaced, which averages $450-$600.
Thermostat 1A basic thermostat 1 costs $40-$70, while a programmable thermostat 1 averages $80-$150. Fixing thermostat 1 wiring can add $50 in materials fees.A basic thermostat 1 costs $40-$70, while a programmable thermostat 1 averages $80-$150. Fixing thermostat 1 wiring can add $50 in materials fees.
DuctworkDuctwork can be the source of many problems, ranging from leaks to inefficiency. The average cost to repair or replace ductwork is $30-$50 per linear foot, including labor.These systems don’t have ductwork.
Temperature problemsIf the temperature varies from room to room, the dampers either need to be installed or serviced. New dampers cost $150 each, while serving the dampers costs a few hours of labor (around $100 total).If the temperature varies from room to room, the dampers either need to be installed or serviced. Check the thermostat 1 settings and change the air filter ($15-$30) if necessary.


Labor

HVAC specialist typically charge $85-$95 per hour. Many service providers offer an hour-long diagnostic appointment to find the source of the problem and can then fix most problems in one to three hours (for a total labor cost of $85-$285). Larger issues typically take longer to fix.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Replacing broken parts with newer, high-efficiency models can cost up to 40% more for materials, but it can lower your energy bills in the long run.
  • It is recommended to have an HVAC specialist perform a maintenance inspection on your heat pump once a year. These checks average $75-$125 and allow the professional to check all areas of the heat pump and point out any problem areas before they become bigger issues. An annual inspection can prevent larger repair costs later, and many companies even offer a discount if an issue arises after an annual inspection.

Additional considerations and costs

  • In general, heat pumps for larger homes tend to be more expensive because they are more powerful. The brand also affects the price, the two major heat pump brands are Rheem and Goodman, and Rheem tends to be more expensive than Goodman.
  • Repairs that take place during extremely hot or cold temperatures can cost up to 30% more because of the increased demand on the system and the service provider. HVAC companies tend to be much busier during these times, so they can charge more money for their repairs.
  • On average, heat pumps last around 15 years. If your heat pump is getting close to that age, it may be a better option to replace it with a new unit instead of spending the money to repair the current system. In general, if the repair estimates are one-third to one-half of the cost of installing a new unit, it is better to just purchase a new heat pump system. In general, new geothermal systems cost $7,500 to install and air-to-air systems cost $2,000-$3,000.
  • Heat pumps that are in hard-to-reach areas of the home, which is particularly the case in older houses, can take longer to service, which could result in an extra hour or two of labor costs.

Cost to repair a heat pump varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

National average

$250 - $600

(average repairs such as replacing the defrost timer or adding flues)

Low: $15 - $150
(smaller repairs such as replacing the air filters)
High: $800 - $1,700
(larger repairs such as replacing ductwork or installing a new compressor)

Cost to repair a heat pump varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). Get free estimates from air-conditioning and heating contractors in your city.

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Cost

Heating - Install
Boiler - Install
$2,500
Electric Fired - Install
$5,500
Oil Fired - Install
$4,000
Propane Gas - Install
$175-$600
Boiler - Repair
$150 - $200
$4,500-$8,500
Fireplace - Install
$700
Firepit - Install
$2,000 - $7,000
Furnace - Install
$2,000 - $4,000
Electric - Install
$5,000 - $7,000
Natural Gas - Install
$3,000 - $5,000
Oil - Install
$3,000 - $6,000
Propane - Install
$1,000 - $1,700
Furnace - Repair
$6,000 - $8,000
Gas Central Heater - Install
$2,000 - $20,000
Heat Pump - Install
$7,500
Geothermal - Install
$250 - $600
Heat Pump - Repair
$6,000 - $14,000

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Cost

$350 - $7,200
Air Conditioning - Install
$2,650 - $15,000
$1,800 - $7,000
$165 - $1,170
$50 - $150
Air Conditioning - Annual Maintenance
$150 - $8,200
Ventilation - Install
$12 - $650
Attic Fan - Install
$70 - $800
Bathroom Fan - Install
$110 - $3,225
Ceiling Fan - Install
$100 - $890
Central Humidifier - Install
$150 - $500
Dryer Vent - Install
$15 - $1,000
Dryer Vent - Cleaning
$1,050 - $5,150
Ductwork - Install
$200 - $900
Duct Vent - Clean
$600 - $6,000
Evaporative Cooler - Install
$783 - $1,500
Window - Install
$55 - $540
$50 - $700
Thermostat - Install
 

Labor cost by city and zipcode

Compared to national average
Arlington, TX
+6%
Astoria, NY
+93%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Boca Raton, FL
0%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Durham, NC
-1%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Houston, TX
+24%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Levittown, PA
+28%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Lynn, MA
+19%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
New York, NY
+77%
Norfolk, VA
-6%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Pittsburgh, PA
+9%
Portland, OR
+11%
Raleigh, NC
-3%
Richmond, VA
+4%
Sacramento, CA
+8%
Saint Paul, MN
+20%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
San Diego, CA
+11%
San Jose, CA
+33%
Santa Clara, CA
+33%
Seattle, WA
+9%
Tacoma, WA
-1%
Vancouver, WA
-12%
Waterbury, CT
+21%
Wilmington, DE
+9%
Woodbridge, VA
+2%
Yonkers, NY
+33%

Labor cost in your zipcode