Having enough money to cover HVAC maintenance cost is something Winchester homeowners should think about.
While getting the money together isn’t always the issue, knowing how much to anticipate spending is. With that said, service plan fees and replacement costs are predictable. Still, it pays to know as much as you can so you will be ready and are getting a fair deal.
AC Unit Service
Regular maintenance of an AC system is generally low. On average routine service will cost anywhere from $75-$200, with the national average around $100.
If you call in an HVAC technician to inspect or repair the system outside of a regular maintenance plan, you will spend at least $50 (without repairs).
If no significant repairs are needed, and the system is on a regular maintenance plan, you can expect to pay to have the refrigerant recharged once per year.
The cost of a refrigerant recharge is about $100-$350 and can extend to about $1000 if any leaks are found and repaired.
Rate vs. Hourly Rate
A crucial factor to remember is that some service providers charge a flat rate, and others charge an hourly rate for service calls. Flat rate costs will almost always run anywhere from $75-$200.
If the service provider is charging an hourly rate, they can charge anywhere from $50-$150 per hour.
While hourly rate calls still land within the range of the average mentioned above, there is potential for their costs to land outside of it; this should be taken into consideration with all types of HVAC service calls.
HVAC Annual Service Fees
On average, the cost for regular furnace service costs $80-$450. The cost of this would be separate from AC service if one is not running central air and heating in their home.
If you are the owner of a home with both central air and heating, you will want to consider an extended service plan as it will bundle maintenance/inspections of the air conditioning system and furnace into one rate.
Extended maintenance plans will generally cost $150-$500. As you would expect, this covers only essential maintenance. Just like any other service plan, this does not include significant repairs and replacements.
If your service provider is not extending a flat rate, you can expect to pay the $50-$150 hourly rates.
Replacements and repairs are what most homeowners are concerned about. While regular maintenance and service calls are minor expenses, repairs and replacements are a different story.
In any case, it costs less to repair parts than it does to replace them. Repairs aren’t always cheap though. Consider that AC system repairs can cost anywhere from $75-$1,500 dollars.
With that in mind, some parts of the system will inevitably need replacement over time. Anticipating these fees is the most proactive measure to take.
How much to set aside does depend on the system’s age, equipment used, and the current condition of the entire system.
It does help to speak with the service technician as they may be able to help you better understand what to prepare for with your system, but below are the average costs of some major replacements.
- Ductwork Replacement-$500-$2,000
- Thermostat Replacement-$50-$500
- Fan Motor Replacement $100-$500
- Coil Replacement $600-$2,000
- Compressor Replacement $1,350-$2,300
- Air Conditioner Replacement $3,500-$7,500
- Furnace Replacement $3,000-$6,000
DIY vs. Professional Service
Homeowners can save a lot of money by performing minor maintenance on their HVAC system. Maintenance of the system does not always warrant training or special knowledge.
Cleaning parts of the system and replacing air filters are two things homeowners can do to prolong the life of the system and save money.
Air filters play a massive role in system performance and indoor air quality. The air filters job is to collect dirt and debris and prevent them from entering both the home and the system. On account of their primary function, they will need to be cleaned or replaced over time.
Every 30 days, one should take the time to inspect these air filters. If you are working with disposable filters, they will need replacing; which costs roughly $10. Reusable filters can be cleaned and put right back into service.
Debris is a problem for all parts of the HVAC system, and homeowners can do more than replace the filters. Taking the time to clear out drains, vents, and even the AC unit are all tasks one can perform every month to enhance system performance without having to call for professional help.
The reason we use price ranges instead of substantial numbers is on account of variety. The part of the country you live in, the age and condition of the system present, brands, and types of equipment within the system will all have different impacts on service and repair fees.
The rates that a service provider charges for their services are also something that can vary greatly. The best thing you can do is learn as much about your particular system as possible and work with a service provider you can trust to give you accurate estimates.