This is a tough question to answer without having a professional inspect and diagnose your furnace.
However, it’s a question we get a lot from Connecticut homeowners so we’ll provide a general price range then explain the factors that impact the cost of furnace repairs.
The cost of a furnace repair in the Connecticut area ranges anywhere from $99 to $2,500.
Of course, the final price you pay for your furnace repair will vary depending on:
- What’s wrong with the furnace
- Whether or not your warranties are valid
- The contractor you hire
We’ll explain each of these factors below in more detail.
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Cost factor #1: What’s wrong with the furnace
Not all furnace repairs require the same amount of labor and materials. That said, the more labor is required and the more replacement part(s) are needed, the higher the cost of the repair.
Knowing what’s actually wrong with the furnace is the first step to uncovering how much labor and material is needed to correct the issue.
To give you an idea of how different two furnace repairs can look when it comes to labor and materials, let’s take a look at 2 possible repairs:
- A failed/cracked heat exchanger: Takes 8+ hours to replace the heat exchanger and requires a new heat exchanger to be ordered and installed. Cost: ~$2,000 –Note: If a furnace is 10 or so years old it may make more sense to replace the entire furnace itself. Many times, heat exchangers fall under a manufacturer warranty and if paired with a valid labor warranty, this can significantly decrease or completely eliminate the cost of replacing the heat exchanger.
- A bad flame sensor: Takes roughly 30 minutes (after diagnosis) and can require only a cleaning in some cases. Cost: ~$150
Cost factor #2: Whether or not your warranties are valid
Most furnaces are installed with 2 warranties that can help cover the costs of future repairs:
- Labor warranty
- Manufacturer’s warranty
If one or both of these warranties are valid, your repair costs will likely be considerably lower.
Labor warranties are provided by the contractor who installed your furnace. These warranties help cover the cost of any labor needed for a repair that was associated with a malfunctioning part. Typically, a labor warranty can last anywhere from 1-3 years. If you’re unsure whether your warranty is still valid, contact the contractor/company who first installed the furnace.
Manufacturer’s warranties are provided by the manufacturer (i.e. Trane or Lennox). These warranties help cover the cost of any replacement parts needed due to a manufacturer’s defect. Typically, a furnace manufacturer’s warranty can last anywhere from 5-10 years for a limited parts warranty but also include 20+ year protection on the heat exchanger (the most complex and integral component of the furnace).
If you’re unsure whether your manufacturer’s warranty is still valid, contact the manufacturer. Make sure that you have your furnace model # handy before you contact the manufacturer, though, as this will help them locate and look up your warranty status.
Cost factor #3: The contractor you hire
Simply put, higher-quality contractors often charge more for their time and labor. However, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for.
What that means is that when you invest in a high-quality contractor, you’re essentially paying for peace of mind that the job will be done right the first time around.
On the flip side, if you opt to have a less experienced, less reputable contractor repair your furnace, you might pay less upfront but you run the risk of that contractor misdiagnosing the issue and/or providing a rushed, sloppy repair. From there, you’re likely to have difficulties getting them back out to fix the faulty repair work. This typically results in repeat work, which means you spend more time and money on the repair in the long run.
To help you carefully vet a contractor, ensure that the contractor you choose:
- Receives at least 50 hours of training per year
- Is licensed and insured in the state of Connecticut
- Has great online reviews
- Provides an estimate before any work is done
- Provides the estimate in writing
- Guarantees their work and provides at least a 1-year labor warranty