The cost to maintain a furnace in Tucson varies, but on average it costs about $100-$300.
The three largest factors that will affect the cost of your maintenance visit are:
- Whether it’s a one-time tune up or part of a maintenance plan
- The company or contractor you hire
- The length of the maintenance checklist
Below, we’ll look at these factors in more detail, so you can get a better idea of what it will cost to maintain your furnace and what to look for while shopping for a maintenance plan.
But first, let’s look at why it’s important to have your furnace maintained by a professional.
The benefits of furnace maintenance
There are many important reasons to have your furnace maintained annually by a professional, including:
- Extending the life of your furnace- Regular maintenance ensures that all parts of your furnace are working correctly and are in good shape. This reduces wear and tear on other parts of your system that may have had to compensate for faulty or damaged parts.
- Decreasing the cost of your energy bills- Broken parts and/or components that aren't working properly can cause spikes in your energy bills. When your AC is maintained, a tech can usually catch any damaged or faulty parts, which can allow your system to run efficiently (and less expensively).
- Preventing expensive repairs- Annual maintenance allows a tech to catch small issues before they become larger, more expensive issues, which can save you quite a bit of money in the long run.
- Keeping your manufacturer’s warranty valid- Most manufacturers require that you have your furnace maintained annually by a professional in order to keep your warranty valid.
Now that you have a better idea of why you should invest in annual maintenance, let’s look at the three main factors that will impact the cost of this service.
Cost Factor #1: One-time tune up vs. annual maintenance
There are two types of maintenance: one-time tune ups and annual maintenance plans. Typically, maintenance visits as part of a maintenance plan are less expensive than one-time tune ups.
HVAC companies will usually include 2 visits (cooling & heating) in a maintenance plan and those visits will typically be cheaper than a one-time tune up.
Plus, maintenance plans usually come with other perks. For example, our maintenance plan comes with benefits like:
- Priority scheduling
- 15% off repairs
- Preferred pricing on all installations
- 2-year labor warranty on all repairs and installations
In the long-run, you’ll save money on a maintenance plan vs. paying for one-time tune ups every time your furnace or cooling system needs to be maintained (which is every year).
Cost Factor #2: The company or contractor you hire
One of the biggest factors that will affect the cost of your furnace maintenance is the company or contractor you hire.
Typically, the more experienced a contractor or company is, the more they will charge for maintenance (and the higher quality of maintenance you will usually get).
We know it’s tempting to pick a contractor or company who offers a low-cost maintenance offer, but we’d suggest avoiding unusually low maintenance offers.
If a contractor or company is willing to charge less than other qualified companies, it’s usually an indication that a tech will not be as thorough or is not as experienced as other techs, which is the opposite of what you want during a maintenance visit.
That being said, the contractor or company who charges the most is not guaranteed to be the best option either.
To find a high-quality maintenance provider, our advice would be to look for a company or contractor who:
- Is licensed and insured- This is usually listed on a company’s website. If it’s not, you can (and should) reach out to the company or contractor directly and they should be able to provide you with verified insurance and a verified license.
- Has great reviews- On sites like Google and Facebook.
- Has at least 10 years of experience in your area- The more experience a company has in your area, the better. Techs who regularly work with heating systems in your climate will be more aware of specific maintenance tasks they should perform relative to the climate your system works in.
Cost Factor #3: The length of the maintenance list
Every HVAC company has a maintenance checklist that they will run through during your check up. Generally, the more extensive the list is, the more a company or contractor will charge for service.
Before booking service with anyone, we’d suggest asking them for their checklist (or at least asking how many points their checklist includes). According to Energy Star, during a heating maintenance visit, a tech should do AT LEAST the following:
- Check thermostat settings
- Tighten electrical connections
- Lubricate moving parts
- Check the condensate drain
- Check controls of the system
- Check gas or oil connections
- Check gas pressure
- Check burner combustion and heat exchanger
However, these are the bare minimum items a tech should cover when maintaining your system. For a thorough maintenance check we’d suggest booking a company that has a more extensive list than this.
Need to have your furnace maintained? Hire the best in Tucson: Advantage Air Mechanical
If you need to have your furnace maintained, you want to hire a team you can trust to carefully and thoroughly check all parts of your furnace and ensure your system is working correctly throughout the winter.
Our team of pros is completely committed to providing Tucson homeowners with the best possible service, so you can trust us to keep your furnace in tip-top shape throughout the heating season.