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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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External Resources:
  1.  www.aceee.org/consumer/heating#improve
  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
  11.  www.hvacradvice.com/How_NATE_benefits_you/default.aspx
  12.  www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,218945,00.html
  13.  www.hvacradvice.com/
  14.  www.acca.org/consumer/find-a-contractor/
  15.  www.contractors-license.org/
  16.  www.bbb.org/us/Find-Business-Reviews/
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