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How Much Does a Heat Pump Repair Cost in Florida?

December 21, 2017

The cost to repair a heat pump in Florida ranges anywhere from $250 to over $1,000+ with the average homeowner paying $358.

How much you’ll have to pay depends on:

  • What’s wrong with the heat pump
  • The contractor you choose
  • Whether or not the unit is still under warranty

We know that as a homeowner, you probably want to know how much the exact bill will be. To help, we’ll dive deeper into the 3 price factors above and explain how they affect the price of your heat pump repair.

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Cost factor #1: What’s wrong with the heat pump

What’s actually wrong with the heat pump unit will determine what replacement parts are needed (if any) and how much time the tech needs to put in.

Because heat pump repairs vary widely in price, we’ve listed some of the more common repairs—and their prices—below:

  • Low refrigerant levels/refrigerant leak: $100 to over $1,500
  • Bad thermostat: $150 to $700
  • Burned out compressor: $1,500 to $2,400
  • Bad blower motor: $475 to $700
  • Broken reversing valve: $300 to $700
  • Worn out capacitor: $200 to $300
  • Bad defrost control board: $500 to $600

Cost factor #2: The contractor you choose

The more experienced and qualified the contractor, the more they typically charge. But by picking a quality contractor, you’ll save money in the long run.

Here’s why: a qualified contractor won’t cut corners. And this means you won’t be paying to have them come back out a week or two later when the heat pump acts up again (due to faulty or lazy repairs).

Additionally, some terms you’ll likely hear when discussing the cost of your heat pump repair with a contractor include:

“Service charge”

This might also be referred to as a “trip charge” or “diagnostic fee”. This term refers to the cost a contractor charges just to come out, inspect the unit and determine the problem (not actually fix it). Service charges vary from company to company but typically cost anywhere from $50 to $125.

Our suggestion? Go with a company that will waive the service charge if you choose them to complete the actual repair.

“Hourly pricing vs Flat-rate pricing”

Depending on the contractor you choose, they will charge you one of 2 ways:

  • By the hour
  • By a flat-rate, upfront rate

The difference? Well, with flat-rate pricing, you already know what you are going to pay before any work begins. But if a contractor charges by the hour, you won’t know what your final bill will be until they are done fixing your unit (which can be scary). Plus, there’s unfortunately more risk of being scammed when you’re paying a tech per hour for them to complete the heat pump repair. Think about it—the longer they drag their feet and take their sweet time fixing your unit, the more they get paid, right?

Our suggestion? Go with a company that charges a flat-rate upfront price but make sure that they give you the upfront price in writing.

Cost factor #3: Whether or not your heat pump is still under warranty

If your heat pump was installed:

  • Under a year ago, it’s likely that the cost of both parts and labor will be covered under warranty.
  • Over a year ago, it’s likely that the cost of any replacement parts needed will be covered under warranty
  • Over 5 years ago, it’s likely that neither the cost of the replacement parts or labor will still be covered under warranty

Of course, these are just general guidelines—not all heat pump warranties will follow the same timeline.

Beware though: Heat pump warranties usually don’t cover any repairs caused by improper operation, faulty installation or due to neglect on the part of the homeowner (i.e. not getting annual maintenance).

Our suggestion? Find your heat pump manufacturer’s website online then search for the warranty on their website. If you’re having trouble finding it, contact the manufacturer’s customer service department and ask them to point you in the right direction.

You could also get in touch with the HVAC company that initially installed your heat pump to see if they know your warranty details.

Need a quote for your heat pump repair? Ask a Florida HVAC tech

Just contact us online or give us a call. We will send over a tech to inspect your unit.

We offer flat-rate pricing and serve communities throughout Florida.

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