If your heat pump is broken, the first thing you want to know is how much a repair will cost.
In Tucson, the cost to repair a heat pump ranges from $90 to $811+, with most homeowners paying around $231 on average.
Wondering what causes the price to go up or down?
The following factors determine how much you’ll pay to repair your heat pump:
- The part that needs to be repaired or replaced
- The status of your heat pump warranty
- The contractor you hire for the repair
We’ll explain each of these factors in more detail below.
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Cost factor #1: The part that needs to be repaired or replaced
Some heat pump parts are more expensive to repair or replace than others.
To give you an idea of what different repairs cost, below is a list of common heat pump parts and their prices:
- Blower motor: $350–$850
- Reversing valve: $450–$750
- Circuit board: $200–$850
- Compressor: $800–$3,500
- Condenser fan motor: $250–$1,100
- Refrigerant: $230–$1,500+
- Thermostat: $200–$990
Note: The prices above reflect both the cost of the part itself and the cost of labor to repair/replace the broken part. To get an exact cost for a particular part, you’ll need to get an estimate from an HVAC technician.
As you can see in the list above, the price to repair a particular part varies. Let’s look at two factors that determine what you’ll pay to fix a particular part.
Repairing vs replacing a part
For some heat pump repairs, it’s necessary (or recommended) to replace a broken part. Depending on what the part is, replacing a broken part can be more expensive than repairing it.
If your heat pump is old, it’s likely that you’ll need to replace the broken part, instead of just repairing it. Just like parts in an old car will break down as the vehicle gets older, heat pump components wear out as the system ages.
Replacing a part may also be a better investment in the long run. Instead of putting money towards repairing an old part that will likely break down again, it’s better to put that money towards a new part that will last longer.
The contractor you hire to repair your heat pump will help you weigh the pros and cons of part repair vs replacement to find the solution that saves you the most money in the long run.
The specifications of the part
Depending on the cooling and heating capacity of your heat pump, your system may need costly advanced or more powerful parts.
For example, let’s say you have a broken compressor that needs to be replaced. If you have a heat pump with a high cooling/heating capacity, you’ll need a more powerful compressor, which raises the overall price of the repair.
Additionally, if you opt to upgrade the heat pump’s part, the overall cost will be more expensive. An example of this is upgrading a broken digital thermostat to a new smart thermostat, which has advanced features such as WiFi connectivity.
Cost factor #2: The status of your heat pump warranty
Your heat pump can have the following warranties:
- A parts warranty from the manufacturer
- A labor warranty from the contractor who installed the heat pump
If these warranties are valid, you’ll pay less for your heat pump repair.
We’ll explain more below.
When you purchased your heat pump, it came with a limited warranty from the manufacturer. This warranty—often called a “parts” warranty—covers the cost to replace a part that breaks due to a manufacturer error. A parts warranty usually lasts 5–10 years from the day the system was installed.
That said, in order to take advantage of the parts warranty, you need to make sure that the warranty hasn’t expired and that you haven’t accidentally voided it.
How do you accidentally “void” a warranty?
- By not registering your heat pump with the manufacturer
- By not having your heat pump annually maintained by an HVAC professional
- By not using replacement parts approved by the manufacturer
If any of the situations above apply to you, the parts warranty may not be valid.
One way to see what your parts warranty requires is to go to the manufacturer’s website and search for your heat pump model. You can find your heat pump model number on the manufacturer sticker located on the outdoor unit.
If you have questions about your heat pump warranty, you can contact the manufacturer directly or ask for assistance from the HVAC contractor you hire to repair your heat pump.
When your heat pump was first installed, it likely came with a labor warranty from the contractor who installed the system.
The purpose of this warranty is to fix any mistakes made by the contractor when they installed your heat pump. Most labor warranties last anywhere from 1 to 2 years from the day your heat pump was installed.
If you have a new heat pump that has broken down, you can contact the contractor who installed the system to see if the labor warranty is still valid.
Cost factor #3: The contractor you hire for the repair
High-quality, experienced HVAC contractors generally charge more for their repair services.
That said, experienced contractors do solid repair work that will last for years. Beware of contractors who offer really low prices, as they may not have the necessary experience or qualifications to handle the repair.
The last thing you want to do is to spend money on a repair, only to have to pay for the same repair a short while later because it wasn’t done correctly the first time.
Before hiring a contractor to repair your heat pump, ask yourself the following questions to gauge their overall quality:
- Is the contractor licensed in Arizona? (The license will usually be displayed on the contractor’s website.)
- Has the contractor been in business for at least 10 years?
- Does the contractor offer upfront, written estimates on all repair work?
- Does the contractor offer solid warranties or guarantees on their repair work?
If you answered “yes” to the questions above, the contractor will have the proper qualifications for the job, and you’ll likely have a good experience working with them.
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At Advantage Air Mechanical, our highly-skilled technicians have been repairing heat pumps in Tucson for over 30 years. We’ve handled every kind of heat pump repair, and we’ve serviced most brands and models.
When you hire us to repair your heat pump, you can count on first-class customer service and repair work that will be done correctly the first time.