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HVAC Costs: What to Expect

HVAC Costs: What to ExpectWhat sort of HVAC costs can a homeowner expect if repairs are needed? The average service life expectancy of a central air conditioner is now about 15 years and the typical gas-fired furnace often lasts at least 20 years.

During that lengthy time span, professional HVAC repair services may be required to resolve some issue. It might be a simple adjustment—or it might require replacement of a major system component.

How much it costs depends upon a number of variables such as your location, the time that repairs must be done (normal working hours vs. after-hours emergency) as well as the size, age and general condition of the unit. Regular annual preventive maintenance by a qualified HVAC contractor can help reduce wear and tear to make malfunctions less likely as well as lower monthly operating costs.

What’s The Average Range of HVAC Costs?

On a nationwide basis, HVAC costs for service run from about $75 at the low end up to around $1,100 for a major fix. In south Texas, these costs typically range between $150 and $2,200 depending on the call. Cost of a typical service call in the industry is between $190 and $340. Most HVAC contractors charge an initial flat fee to come to your house, troubleshoot the problem and provide an accurate estimate for full repair.

What Do Common Repairs Cost?

To the homeowner affected, most HVAC malfunctions are not a familiar experience. To an experienced HVAC service tech, however, it’s usually something they’ve seen many times before.

Here are just a few of the most common issues requiring repairs, as well as a rough range of the costs involved:

  • Air conditioner refrigerant leak detection and repair: $200 to $1500.
  • Defective furnace electronic igniter: $80 to $200.
  • Furnace thermocouple replacement: $80 to $250.
  • A/C condensate drain line is clogged: $75 to $250.
  • Blower motor failing: $150 to $450.
  • Thermostat requires replacement: $115 to $450.
  • A/C start capacitor worn out: $90 to $400.
  • Air conditioner compressor defective: $1,350 to $2,300.
  • Furnace heat exchanger cracked: $600 to $1,500.

For expert diagnosis and an accurate estimate of HVAC costs, contact the cooling and heating pros at Beyer Boys.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).