Making repairs to your HVAC system can be expensive so it is helpful to understand a few common furnace problems, as well as what it typically costs to repair them. Caring for your furnace as problems occur saves you money in the long run.
Common Furnace Problems
The following are six common furnace problems that are fairly easy to remedy. Sometimes, you can fix them yourself for very little money.
1. Clogged Filters
Many furnace problems are the result of a small oversight. Dirty or clogged air filters can reduce your furnace’s efficiency, increasing your monthly utility bill. Fortunately, this is an easy and inexpensive fix. You can get a good air filter for $20-$50. Just remember to change it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
2. Outdated System
Sometimes, you can’t attribute a furnace problem to anything other than age. Old HVAC systems not only start having efficiency problems, but they also cost more to run. Typically you can replace a furnace for $4000-$6000 depending on the size and function of the unit.
3. Faulty Ignition
Another fairly common furnace problem is a faulty ignitor. This will likely run you between $200 and $300 to repair.
4. Loose Belts and Bolts
Over time, belts and bolts rust, loosen, break, etc. Minor repairs and replacements like these often cost $100-$200 depending on the situation.
5. Bad Thermostat
Sometimes, the source of the problem lies with your thermostat, rather than with the furnace itself. Depending on the type of thermostat you want, you can spend $100-$300 for a good one.
Ultimately, poor HVAC maintenance costs more than all these problems combined. You can prevent countless issues and repairs by being proactive about caring for your furnace.
What Does it Cost to Repair Your Furnace?
Generally speaking, furnace repair costs range from $100-$1,000, with most averaging around $200. However, constant repairs add up over time and can eventually result in an early replacement. This can cost $4,000-$6,000. So, not only have you poured money into constant repairs, you have now lost money to a brand new furnace.
Consequently, it is important to know both when to replace your furnace and how to avoid constant repairs.
How Can You Save Money on Furnace Repairs?
Fortunately, you can save money on furnace repairs through preventive maintenance. Avoid major HVAC problems by taking the following steps.
- Schedule repairs before they have time to get bigger.
- Clean and de-clutter your furnace.
- Use high-quality air filters.
- Avoid overworking your system.
- Replace an old system.
- Invest in annual HVAC maintenance.
The most important thing to remember is to stay on top of things. Replacing your system when it’s time saves you from dumping money into non-stop repairs. In other words, it saves money in the long run. Additionally, nipping problems in the bud prevents unexpected repair costs. That is why you should schedule annual furnace tune-ups, as well as maintain your system on your own.
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