Your HVAC is an expensive investment that will need replacing over time. However, with proper maintenance and timely repairs, your system could last for many years. Regularly scheduled check-ups ensure that the HVAC unit doesn’t have to work overtime to make up for inefficiency or build-ups. It reduces expensive repairs and extends the life of your system.
HVAC tune-up costs depend on repairs that may need to be done and on the size and extent of the maintenance. On the low end, for a general maintenance tune-up, you would pay around $70. The average homeowner pays $125 for a tune-up and minor repair. The national average range is $100 to $150. On the high end, an annual service agreement that includes bi-annual maintenance would cost $550.
|Average Cost of HVAC Maintenance|
|National average cost||$125|
An HVAC unit covers heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (cooling). As there are sometimes separate sections that handle each area, maintenance may be done to separate parts of the unit. Additionally, there are different types of HVAC units. The cost for HVAC maintenance is between $70 and $550.
|Type of HVAC Unit||Cost for Maintenance|
|Air Conditioner||$70 - $195|
|Heat Pump||$75 - $150|
|Furnace||$100 - $200|
|Split System||$150 - $250|
|Hybrid Split System||$200 - $300|
|Duct Free (Mini-Split)||$290 - $550|
|Packaged Heating and Air||$450 - $550|
The air handler is the air conditioning portion of the HVAC system and costs an average of $70 to $195 for maintenance. The tune-up includes cleaning, adjusting, testing, and inspecting all parts of the unit. This ensures that repairs are kept at a minimum and that you don’t end up in the heat of summer with a broken-down system. It also assists with energy efficiency and long-term effects. A dirty or improperly set system won’t work well and will need to be replaced sooner.
A heat pump costs $75 to $150 for a maintenance service call. The difference between a furnace and a heat pump is that the heat pump doesn’t generate heat. Using electricity and refrigerant, it draws outside air into the home, and during the summer, it can also remove hot air from the inside. This type of unit is not as efficient in areas where temperatures go below freezing regularly. A maintenance call consists of cleaning the filter, blower, and coils, measuring the refrigerant and airflow, lubricating, checking belts for wear, and ensuring that the thermostat works correctly.
Furnace maintenance cost may be slightly higher in some areas at $100 to $200. This is especially true for gas-fueled units as the burners and valves must be inspected and cleaned during a maintenance call. The professional HVAC expert will have a checklist of items to work on during a routine tune-up. This would include checking the flue, cleaning or changing out the filter, cleaning and inspecting all interior parts, adjusting the gas pressure, burners, and air mix, checking for leaks, testing electrical components, and more.
HVAC service cost for a split system is $150 to $250. A split system allows for two separate units. One is the A/C or cooling portion that is located outside the home. The other is the heating portion that is generally installed in a basement or other area. The air conditioning portion uses electricity and refrigerant to cool the air inside and push the hot air outside. The heater is gas-powered, and the warm air gets pumped out either by a fan or evaporator. These systems normally include a humidifier and air purifier. A thermostat controls the two systems interchangeably according to the desired temperature. Each unit would be cleaned, tested for proper air flow and refrigerant levels, motors lubricated, belts checked for wear, and all connections tightened if necessary. Gas lines would be checked for leaks.
The cost for maintenance on this system is $200 to $300. A hybrid split system is similar to a split system with one exception. It can choose between gas and electric-powered heat. This results in better energy efficiency and savings for the homeowner. It also provides a more customized experience. This is what sets this system apart from all others--the personalization. A maintenance call includes cleaning both units, checking for belt wear, testing levels, lubricating, and inspecting all parts to make certain everything is working properly.
Maintenance on the duct-free system costs $290 to $550. Although an expensive system to install and maintain, a duct-free or mini-split system has many benefits. There is an individual unit in each room that allows the occupants to cater to the needs of each person in the home. The temperature can be set differently in each area. It is also an energy-saving feature as the consumer can choose not to heat or cool certain rooms when they are not in use. Additionally, there are no ducts required, and they are highly energy-efficient. The maintenance visit would consist of cleaning the filter, coils, and inside the unit, checking for proper air flow and refrigerant levels, inspecting belts and wiring contacts, making sure drainage is working correctly, and testing electrical components and sensors.
The cost for a maintenance call on a packaged heating and air system is $450 to $550. This system is often more expensive to clean and inspect due to the smaller parts and intricacy of the unit. A compact size unit, this system is great for smaller homes, condominiums, or apartments. It is a more specialized product usually located in an attic or other small storage area. It is efficient for heating and cooling but is recommended more for warmer climates as the heating portion is less effective. Most of these systems are electric, but some allow for a split between gas and electricity. For maintenance, the professional checks the flow of air and refrigerant, cleans and tightens all parts, looks for loose or broken parts, inspects and lubricates all moving components, and tests amperage and contacts for the electrical portions.
Taking care of your HVAC will help it to last longer and to run more efficiently. The unit is a large part of the expense of your home, both electrically and physically, so regularly scheduled maintenance is vital. Additionally, if there are required repairs, this can add up quickly without a maintenance plan. Some of the plans allow for particular repairs, and the consumer can save money by purchasing a maintenance plan. HVAC companies usually offer these plans with the promise to offer priority service, free diagnostics, no travel fees, a discount on necessary repairs, discounts on new equipment, and one or two yearly maintenance visits.
|Type of HVAC Maintenance Plan||Cost|
|Annually||$150 - $300|
|Bi-Annually||$240 - $540|
|Quarterly||$365 - $700|
The cost for an annual maintenance agreement is $150 to $300. This usually includes one visit for the year. The HVAC contractor will clean everything from the filters to the electrical parts, inspect all parts, check voltage, refrigerant, fuel lines, and look for leaks or corrosion. This is the minimum that a homeowner should have done to an HVAC system to ensure that it is working at top capacity and to protect the life of the unit.
Purchasing a bi-annual maintenance plan costs $240 to $540. This includes two visits per year, a warranty on repairs, priority status, monthly payment plans, recommended quality assurance inspection and cleaning, combustion analysis, static pressure testing, coil cleaning, and a condensate drain treatment. Often this would also include pre-season scheduling, reminders, and no overtime charges.
Buying a quarterly maintenance plan will cost you about $365 to $700. This is a good choice if you have an older system that you are trying to keep working. The expert will come out once a quarter to clean and check on all of the parts of your system, voltage regulation, and inspect for leaks or corrosion. This plan also includes discounts for repairs and replacements and priority scheduling.
The hourly rate for an HVAC technician is $75 to $150. HVAC service call rates may have a minimum of as much as $200. Many HVAC companies offer an average flat rate of $100 to $150 for maintenance or repairs based on previous experience with the time required and the cost of parts. To ensure maintenance or repairs are warrantied and done safely and correctly, it is best to hire a professional to do this work. HVAC inspection is another important service, especially when building a new home. The inspector makes certain that the entire system is working the way it should and determines if adjustments need to be made. The average cost for this is $250 to $400.
HVAC maintenance includes different things based on your system. However, a basic maintenance check-up includes preventative procedures such as a thorough cleaning of all parts of the system (except the duct work--this is extra as it is time consuming), an inspection and lubrication of all components and parts, and a complete check on the system’s performance. Items such as voltage or amperage testing will include a calibration if needed. Broken or corroding parts will cost extra to replace. If your system requires parts replacement such as a condenser, compressor, thermostat, or other components, it is an extra charge. Your HVAC professional will give you a written estimate on what needs to be done and the cost if this is the case.
Although the maintenance call will handle a variety of tasks, a few things should be done regularly to keep your system running clean and clear of dirt, debris, and other contaminants and make certain the unit isn't working harder than it should. Homeowners can request further preventative measures to ensure that their home is comfortable and safe.
|Evaporator and Condenser Coil Cleaning||$45 - $350|
|Drain Line Cleaning||$75 - $200|
|Refrigerant Recharge||$200 - $500|
|Heavy Cleaning||$300 - $600|
|Air Duct Cleaning||$350 - $1,000|
Depending on the type of system you have, the evaporator and condenser coils will need to be cleaned regularly. This costs $45 to $350 and takes one to three hours. As with most other parts of the HVAC, if the coils become dirty, it can cause a myriad of problems, including allergic reactions by the inhabitants, an overworking system, and eventually damage to the unit. The evaporator and condenser coils work together to keep your system cooling and heating your home all year round. This means taking care of them is a vital part of the success of your unit.
Another area that can cause problems is the drain line. It costs $75 to $200 to clean out a drain line which takes one to two hours. During hotter weather, the moisture caused by the refrigerant can create a build-up of mold, mildew, or algae in the drip pan or inside the drain line. This not only creates allergens in the air, but it can also cause a clog that renders your system inoperable and possibly damages the unit. Many professionals advise homeowners to flush the line monthly with bleach or vinegar to extend the life of their system.
Refrigerant should only need to be recharged if there is a leak. As the leak must be fixed and then the refrigerant recharged, the cost is $200 to $500. It usually takes one to two hours. When you have a leak, the air conditioning part of your system will quit working, and your home becomes very hot quickly. Once the leak is fixed, the professional can recharge the refrigerant, and the system should run cool again. Only those who are licensed are allowed to work with freon or other refrigerants due to environmental protocols.
If you have pets, live in an area that is sandy or pollen-ridden, or go for a long time before having your system cleaned, you may need a heavy cleaning at the cost of $300 to $600. A heavy cleaning takes longer, up to four or five hours. During the cleaning, repairs may be discovered that need to be done and increase the price. This is due to overuse of the system between cleanings. A professional contractor can advise you on whether this type of cleaning needs to be done and if purchasing an annual maintenance plan may save you money in the long run.
One area that is often overlooked is the air ducts. An air duct cleaning costs an average of $350 to $1000. While this is a maintenance job, it will be a separate charge from your maintenance plan and takes two or three hours. The job of the air ducts is to circulate the air throughout the house. This means that if they are filled with debris, dust, or mold, your home becomes a trap for these allergens. When having this type of work done, the price increases to as much as $750 to $4,000 if pest control is needed or if mold is present.
Many professional HVAC companies advise that you have your system serviced at least once a year in the spring or even twice a year. It depends on several factors: the climate where you live, how old your system is, and what type of system you own. Locations with harsh weather may require twice a year maintenance to ensure that the system hasn’t become damaged during ice, snow, or extreme heat. Older units of at least ten or more years will need checking more often than a newer unit. The recommendation is typically at least twice a year and that repairs be done immediately to extend the life of the unit. Duct-free systems require maintenance more often and are expensive to fix if broken. As with other complicated, expensive machinery, it is always wise to call on a professional for servicing.
An HVAC is a valuable asset for your home value as well as your comfort. If the system isn’t cared for, it is going to break down. Proactive homeowners understand that HVAC preventative maintenance is better than fixing repairs that come from ignoring your system. Most warranties require that proper maintenance be done for the warranty to be honored. A well cared for HVAC will run more efficiently and cost less money to operate. Just like your car, your home’s HVAC will last longer when maintained and serviced on a timely basis. Getting your system cleaned regularly will also keep out allergens and other potential health issues from dirt, debris, pests, and moisture.
The last thing anyone wants to do is pay extra for repairs. However, there are times when it is considered an emergency HVAC call. This could mean on a weekend, evening, or a holiday, but it may mean that something must be done immediately during a regular work day. If it is extremely hot or cold, and a system stops working, the elderly, children or babies, pregnant women, or those with compromised health conditions may need to have the HVAC fixed immediately. Professional HVAC companies usually charge extra for such situations. T. They have to put another customer on hold or ask an employee to work when he/she should otherwise be off. The cost is $135 to $200 an hour for emergency maintenance.
HVAC maintenance keeps your system healthy and working efficiently. Without maintenance, you will experience more problems, and your utility bills will be higher. It can also affect the life of your unit as a well-maintained system doesn’t have to work as hard to do its job.
HVAC units last 10 to 20 years, depending on the type of system, how well it is cared for, and the severity of weather in your area. All of this affects your unit’s life span.
HVAC maintenance involves cleaning, lubricating, inspecting, testing, and doing everything necessary to keep the system running in tip-top shape. Repairs that are done right away maintain your system, so it doesn’t have to work too hard.
Maintaining an HVAC system is done through regularly scheduled professional maintenance, as well as ensuring that your unit is not blocked or crowded so that it can vent correctly.
HVAC maintenance plans are worth the cost of $150 to $700, depending on the type of plan. Each plan allows for scheduled times for cleaning and inspection with reminders to help you make an appointment promptly. Regular maintenance keeps the repairs to a minimum and makes your system last longer.
As with all large equipment, annual maintenance is helpful to keep your HVAC running at its full capacity. Most professional companies recommend that you have at least annual maintenance performed,, and some recommend twice yearly.
All parts and components of your HVAC will be cleaned, inspected for corrosion, breakage, or weaknesses, amperage and voltage will be verified and adjusted, moving parts will be lubricated and tested, and any repairs needed can be scheduled at this time.