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Furnace Tune-up Cost


How Much Does a Furnace Tune-up Cost?

 
average costDo-it-Yourself Maintenance: $10-$30high costProfessional Tune-Up: $70-$200
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Regular furnace tune-ups[1] can extend the life of the furnace, cut heating costs, prevent breakdowns and limit repairs, and reduce the amount of smoke and other pollutants released into the atmosphere. Oil-fired furnaces should be tuned up and cleaned annually, gas systems every two years and heat pumps every two to three years.

Typical costs:

  • Simple maintenance tasks (such as replacing filters or cleaning vents) can be a do-it-yourself project for $10-$30 in materials. For example, pleated-material filters[2] typically cost $4-$30 each, depending on size and thickness and whether they are sold in packs of one, two, six or 12.
  • A professional furnace tune-up can cost $70-$200 or more but typically is about $100-$125, depending on location and the type of furnace. For example, Horizon Services[3] in Delaware and Pennsylvania offers an $89 online special, while Seider Heating & Air Conditioning[4] in Wisconsin charges $110 for a gas furnace or gas boiler and $180 for an oil furnace. (If simple parts like a nozzle or thermo coupler need replacing, it can add $50-$150 or more to the total.)
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What should be included:
  • Do-it-yourself maintenance can include checking the thermostat to be sure it's working correctly; checking and replacing the filter; cleaning exposed surfaces; and oiling the motor and other moving parts (newer ones may be self-lubricating). The Family Handyman Magazine gives furnace maintenance instructions[5] , estimating the project is moderately difficult and takes less than three hours for a natural gas or propane furnace. Family Handyman suggests a professional tune-up should be done at least every three years, and warns that oil furnace combustion chambers should only be maintained by professionals.
  • A professional furnace tune-up should include checking and cleaning all the major parts of the furnace; adjusting the pilot and burner if needed; inspecting and replacing filters if needed; lubricating all motors (although newer models may be self-lubricating); and performing a combustion efficiency test. DIYNetwork.com illustrates the typical steps included in a professional furnace tune-up[6] .
  • The commonwealth of Massachusetts lists what should be included in an annual fuel oil burner cleanout. A complete professional tune-up of an oil-fired furnace typically takes one to two hours, according to the National Oilheat Research Alliance[7] .
Additional costs:
  • Some companies use tune-ups to spot needed (and sometimes unnecessary) repairs; make sure that any additional work will not be performed automatically only if the homeowner approves. Routine furnace repairs might cost $100-$600 but average about $300-$400. However, complex furnace repairs can cost $1,000-$2,500 or more, depending on the type of problem and the parts needed.
Discounts:
  • Since tune-ups can improve efficiency, some utility companies offer a furnace tune-up rebate of $20-$50. For example, City Utilities[8] in Missouri offers a $30 rebate for a furnace tune-up; and DTE Energy[9] in Michigan offers a $50 rebate for a diagnostic tune-up on a forced air furnace or boiler, but the work must meet specific standards and be done by a participating contractor (DTE Energy provides a list).
Shopping for a furnace tune-up:
  • Many companies provide a written checklist of the work being done. Ask about training, and whether the technicians are certified by the National Oilheat Research Association[10] or North American Technician Excellence Inc.[11]
  • ThisOldHouse.com provides tips for selecting a furnace maintenance company[12] . Referrals are available through North American Technician Excellence Inc[13] and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America[14] .
  • Check that the company is properly bonded, insured and licensed[15] . Check for complaints with the Better Business Bureau[16] .
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No heat oil furnace
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: N.H.P. in Wolcott, CT.Posted: November 2nd, 2017 04:11AM
Need to replace the filter and can at oil tank old one had rusted out. Also did screen and nozzle transformer and brushed out jackets and chimney clean out.Then need new gasket on heating coil was leaking bad 1 bolt broken when done all new bolts stainless steel.Also called out repair man for no heat tank needed to be drained to remove water and slug from bottom then an addtive was installed.I was hoping someone would have a cost for the repair took 8 hours to to job and 1 trip to supply house.
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Posted by: a user in Harrisburg, PA.Posted: February 2nd, 2017 05:02PM
Recognize the overhead costs of the company. ie, truck maintenance,gas, hourly pay of tech, cost of parts etc... any reputable company is not ripping you off.In fact service calls and preventative maintainence account for very little profit in the hvac world. What they are good for is building and keeping a good reputation which keeps other contractors out and in tenfold creates buisness through recommendations. However, if you hire jo blow because he was the cheapest, or "was supposed to be" you get what you asked for.
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Maintenance & repair
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: MARIUS in Jersey City, NJ.Posted: October 5th, 2016 08:10AM
Replaced the pressure valve, inlet valve, expansion tank
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Oil Fired Boiler / Cool Tech Air
Amount: $258.00
Posted by: JacobJ33 in Jarrettsville, MD.Posted: November 29th, 2015 08:11AM
Cleaned our boiler in our apartment building, changed oil filter, nozzle, cleaned and set electrodes. Cleaned flue pipe. Performed an electronic combustion test and performed a complete tune up, also re-adjusted barometric damper. Inspected all pumps and controls. got us a 89.3% efficiency. Had this guy come out before, and he is awesome with boilers. Guaranteed his work, and did not leave a big mess like the company I use to use did.
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Oil heat complaints
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Posted by: Adam's Oil in North Attleboro, MA.Posted: November 5th, 2015 10:11AM
I am a licensed and respected oil heating tech. If you're tech seams like they are brushing you away or are doing a tune up on an oil unit in under and hour they aren't doing it well. A cleaning takes me 1:20 on average. Pricing will vary by state and area. I service metro-west and a tune up with filters runs around $200. I am at probably the 75% for cost but I do quality work. Don't be afraid to ask questions, if you have a good tech they won't mind. For those of you who thing 75-100 is to much for a prime and start. Get out of bed at 2am drive 30 minutes in freezing temps, get the smell of fuel oil on you, fill out paper work, drive home, then replace the fuel you just used, pay all the insurances, pay all the maintenance and then give uncle sam 40%. Now, is 75-100 bucks still too much?
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Oil furnace tune up
Amount: $170.00
Posted by: Jazzo in Enfield, CT.Posted: August 21st, 2015 07:08AM
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Terry plumbing Gorton, New london, Waterford, CT
Amount: $950.00
Posted by: Riped off by TERRY PLumbing in Gorton, CT.Posted: May 2nd, 2015 03:05PM
This guy is a rip off. He charged $950.00 to clean an oil furnace, that was working fine, and to replace to small pipes that had nothing to do with the furnace. Will never use him again. He bought two young men with him to help, and they were in and out of the house. THIS APRIL 2015, THE YEAR IN THE BOX BELOW WONT CHANGE TO CURRENT YEAR.
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Oil Burner Prime
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: Aaron R. in Pataskala, OH.Posted: March 8th, 2015 08:03AM
Mark you were not ripped off most places charge $80-100 just to show up at your house that is fair considering the cost of them sending a tech to your home. Hopefully you watched him do it it is a simple task.
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Watch out Mar's Oil in Chelsea
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Posted by: bad company buster in CHELSEAS, MA.Posted: February 13th, 2015 04:02AM
They are out of control! Not only serious or repeated rude, degrading, or offensive remarks at all times-zore customer skills. They make sure you have to work at their convenience; very good with avoiding early prevention for scheduling tune up "Nobody is doing that anymore" they claimed so that they wait until your furnace break down to charge $85 just to come out plus high repair fee
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Oil burner prime
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: Mark Stevens in Stoneham, MA.Posted: January 31st, 2015 12:01PM
This seems like a lot of money to prime an oil burner. A task that takes 5 minutes and a bill for $80.00? Am I being "ripped off?"
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Furnace Fan Replacement
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: Buckeyezan in Cleveland, OH.Posted: March 29th, 2011 02:03PM
My mom just paid $400.00 to have a fan replaced on her Lennox furnace. That's all the service tech. did. He did not change the filter.
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  2.  www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_15?url=search-alias%3Dtools&field-keywords=furnace+fi...
  3.  www.horizonservicesinc.com/reference/special-offers-coupons/special-offers/furnace-tune...
  4.  www.seider.com/faq.html
  5.  www.familyhandyman.com/diy-projects/heating---cooling/furnace-repair/fall-furnace-maint...
  6.  www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-complete-a-furnace-tune-up/index.html
  7.  www.oilheatamerica.com/index.mv?screen=faq46
  8.  www.cityutilities.net/conserve/pgm-furnacetuneup.htm
  9.  www.dteenergy.com/residentialCustomers/saveEnergy/rebates/furnaceTuneUp.html
  10.  www.oilheatamerica.com/index.mv?screen=faq39
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