Heat Pump Repair Cost Estimates

Compare Parts Prices and Installation Cost for Repairs, Service and Maintenance

In this section of the Heat Pump Price Guides, we’ve compiled a listing of the most common heat pump service, maintenance, and repair costs. The figures are gathered from our own experience in the HVAC service and repair industry, as well as valuable feedback from homeowners like yourself, who have agreed to share the heat pump repair costs they paid for a licensed company to maintain, troubleshoot, or fix their heat pump system. Comparing repair costs to replacement systems, can help you decide whether to repair or replace your heat pump system.

June 2017 – All heat pump repair costs, part prices and supplies tables, as well as visitor submitted repair costs updated for latest pricing.

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HVAC Service Call and Maintenance Costs

When your heat pump breaks down, you need to have a local HVAC service technician come out to diagnose the problem and fix it. In most cases, homeowners cannot even buy the repair parts at their local hvac supply house without a licensed account. This first table covers the general cost of hvac service calls, hourly rates commonly charged, as well as maintenance and service contracts for heat pump systems.


Parts
Labor
Cost
HVAC Service Call Rates – A service repair call generally covers a technician coming to your home and diagnosing the reason for failure. In many instances, this cost is deducted if the repair cost meets a certain price level. Per Call
$49-$179
Annual Preventative Maintenance Costs – PM, Service contracts, or PPSA agreements, are for annual maintenance of your complete hvac system. They generally involve 1-2 visits per year to tune-up, or perform manufacturer recommended service on your system. $25 1-2 Hours
$79-$129/unit
Hourly Rate for General Repair Services – The hourly rate a company charges, varies for each hvac service company. Most companies charge a flat rate for specific parts repair or replacement, however, for items that require long diagnostic and troubleshooting, they may charge by the hour. Per hour
$80-$160/hour

Air Handler or Furnace Repair Costs

The air handler or furnace (gas, oil, or electric) is the fan unit that provides the forced air, and backup heat for your heat pump system. In most cases, they are installed in a basement, utility room, crawl space, attic, or interior closet of the home, and connect to your duct system.

Parts
Labor Est.
Cost Installed **
Standard Blower Motor $60-$120 2-3 hours
$200-$400
Variable Speed Blower Motor $120-$200 2-3 hours
$250-$450
ECM Blower Motor $275-$650 2-3 hours
$450-$950
Blower Wheel and Cage $50-$250 2-3 hours
$200-$450
Circuit Board Replacement $50-$350 1-2 hours
$250-$600
Electric Heating Coil $45-$120 1-2 hours
$200-$450
Fan Limit Switch $25-$75 1-2 hours
$150-$200
Fan Coil Circuit Breaker $15-$85 1-2 hours
$80-$200

Indoor Coil Repair Costs

The indoor coil, or evaporator coil, can be a V, N, or Slab coil design that is installed to the air handler unit. It’s connected to the outdoor condenser with a copper refrigerant lineset.

Parts
Labor Est.
Cost Installed **
Evaporator Coil $160-$400 2-4 hours
$600-$1250
Coil Drain Pan $70-$250 1-3 hours
$350-$750
TXV or Metering Device $25-$75 1-2 hours
$120-$450
Pressure Switch $25-$50 1-2 Hours
$90-$250

Heat Pump Condenser Repair Costs

A heat pump condenser, or condensing unit, is the large box-like unit that is located outside your home. They have a large fan on the top or side of the side of the condenser, and if you live in an area where you get snow on occasion, the heat pump condenser may be elevated onto small risers, to keep snow from accumulating onto the sides.

Parts
Labor Time
Cost
Accumulator $70-$150 1-2 hours
$250-$600
Capacitor $6-$25 1-2 hours
$150-$250
Compressor – Single Stage $400-$1,500 2-4 hours
$1,500 and up
Compressor – Two Stage $550-$2,000 2-4 hours
$1,500 and up
Condenser Coil $250-$650 2-4 hours
$650-$1,500
Condenser Fan Motor $40-$250 1-2 hours
$250-$650
Contactor $20-$90 1-2 hours
$150-$300
Defrost Control Board $25-$250 1-2 hours
$200-$650
Condenser Fan Blade $25-$150 1-2 hours
$150-$400
Line Drier $5-$15 1-2 hours
$150-$300
Lineset Replacement $70-$250 2-8 hours
$400 and up
Reversing Valve $25-$150 1-2 hours
$200-$650

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Related Costs and Expenses

Other costs related to heat pump repair are the general items needed to either make it work, or make it work more efficiently.

Parts
Labor Time
Cost
Standard Thermostat $30-$60 1-2 hours
$150-$300
Programmable Thermostat $60-$300 1-3 hours
$250-$750
Thermostat Wiring Repair $20 2-4 hours
$150 and up
Standard Return Filter Replacement $5-$25 -1 hour
$80-$150
High Efficiency Air Cleaner Filter $60-$150 -1 hour
$150-$350
Condensate Pump $25-$80 1-2 hours
$150 and up
Condensate Drain Cleaning $5-$10 1-2 hours
$80 and up
Refrigerant leak Detection $15-$50 2-4 hours ***
$150 and up
R22 Refrigerant (Freon) $10-$20/lb 1-2 hours
$120 and up
R410 Refrigerant (Freon) $4-$6/lb 1-2 hours
$120 and up

Variables that Affect Installed Costs

As you can imagine, there are many factors that determine how much heat pump repair costs. Some are within your control, but they are very few.

  • Seasonality – If you need repairs in the middle of a heat wave or the coldest day of the year, you’ll pay a premium due to supply and demand.
  • Age of System – Older heat pump systems are harder to locate parts for. They also use older refrigerants which are higher priced.
  • Size of Unit – Higher capacity, generally means bigger and more expensive parts as well.
  • Brand of System – Higher quality brand names spend more money on R&D and parts development, so their parts are likely priced a bit higher.
  • Location of Unit – If a technician needs to crawl under your home, versus walking into a utility closet, everything they do is likely to take a bit longer, and thus more hours on the job.
  • Maintenance to Date – A poorly maintained unit may take several repairs just to get to the broken part. For instance, if your blower motor fails, but you have never had the unit cleaned or serviced, you may also need to replace the squirrel cage wheel due to it being rusted onto the shaft.
  • Extent of Related Damages – Assume the unit was affected by a nearby lightning strike, and the circuit board failed. By the time you replace the circuit board, you may find that the electrical breaker in the disconnect box also took damage, or that the compressor also suffered.
  • Discounted Related Repairs – In the previously mentioned “extent” paragraph, it’s also safe to assume that if you have several items replaced at the same time, you won’t pay full cost for each of them. Since much of the work is done at the same time, labor would not double-charge.
  • Condition of the Broken Unit – Whether we agree with it or not, there is quite a bit of information on the web that will help a homeowner try to diagnose or complete their own heat pump system repair. Many times, this can result in further damage to your system and turn what would be a simple repair, into a much more lengthy diagnostic process. If your system is broken, don’t try to repair it yourself, request the help of a professional, and make sure it’s done right the first time.

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Visitor Submitted Repair Costs or Estimates

We maintain a summary of repair costs submitted by our visitors. We refresh this section often and drop off dated data as it ages. You can submit your own service costs or heat pump repair estimates by using the form located at the bottom of the page.


System & Repair Information
City / State
Repair Cost
Goodman Heat Pump Condenser Fan Motor Las Vegas, NV $539.00
Lennox Furnace Pressure Switch Maple Heights, OH $303.00
Capacitor Replacement, Fan Motor Replacement, Condenser Cleaning Metairie, LA $687.00
Heat Pump Condenser Motor Replacement Herndon, VA $690
Trane control module on ECM Motor Tucson, AZ $458.00
Hard Start Kit, Refrigerant Charge Moore, SC $220
Goodman 2.5 Ton Condenser Fan Motor Germantown, Md $385
Capacitor Replacement Cary, NC $170
3-ton Trane Condenser Motor and Capacitor St Augustine, FL $650
Carrier 2.5 Ton AC Capacitor Replacement Huntsville, AL $168
2.5 Ton American Standard Compressor New Orleans, LA $1,920
Carrier defrost control board replacement Cary, NC $520
3-ton Trane compressor replacement Charlotte, NC $1,650
Heat pump condensing fan motor Garden City, SC $310
Recharge 5 ton Carrier heat pump with r22 Tampa, FL $220
30 foot copper lineset replacement N. Scottsdale, AZ $610
Circuit board, 2.5 ton Goodman heat pump College Station, TX $290
Capacitor and hard start kit for a 2-ton Tempstar Huntsville, AL $189
1200 cfm blower motor in air handler Leesville, LA $375
Compressor replacement, 4 ton Trane Jacksonville, FL $795

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