How Much Does it Cost to Repair a Furnace in Vancouver?

November 1, 2018
cost of a furnace repair in vancouver

If you’re in need of a furnace repair in the Vancouver area, expect to pay roughly $199–$379. Most homeowners pay around $299.

Your actual repair cost will depend on 3 factors:

  1. The part that needs to be repaired/replaced
  2. Whether or not your warranty is still valid
  3. The contractor you hire

Let’s cover each factor in more detail.

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Cost factor #1: Part

Your repair cost will depend mainly on the part that needs to be repaired or replaced. However, furnace parts vary in cost, so it’s hard to tell you exactly what you’ll pay.

But to give you an idea of what you could end up paying, we’ve listed some of the most common furnace repairs we see in Vancouver:

  • Thermostat repair: $75 to $200
  • Heat exchanger repair: $150 to $275
  • Heat exchanger replacement: $1,500 to $3,300+
  • Flame sensor repair: $80 to $250
  • Blower motor repair: $140 to $440
  • Electronic ignition/pilot light repair: $250 to $375

You can see where those parts live in the furnace:

Anatomy of a gas furnace

Cost factor #2: Warranty

If your furnace is still under warranty, you could pay a lot less to repair it.

When your furnace was installed, it most likely came with 2 different warranties:

  • Parts warranty: Covered by the manufacturer (York, Trane, Carrier, Lennox, etc.), the parts warranty covers the cost of any replacement parts that are defective due to manufacturing issues. The parts warranty on a furnace normally lasts 5 years, but may last longer if you bought an extended warranty. However, some manufacturers offer a limited warranty on the heat exchanger because that’s the most expensive part of a furnace.

    To find out if your parts warranty is still valid, contact the manufacturer (have your model and serial number handy) or the company that installed your furnace (they should have your warranty information on file).
  • Labor warranty: Most contractors will offer at least a 1-year labor warranty that covers the cost of labor to complete any repairs needed due to faulty installation.

    To find out if your labor warranty is still valid, contact the company that installed or last repaired your furnace.

Cost factor #3: Contractor

Contractors with more experience will charge more for their services.

But don’t let a higher price keep you from going with a quality contractor. See, a good contractor will make sure your furnace is properly repaired the first time around.

Going with a cheaper contractor could result in poor work, which could lead to more repairs in the near future. In short, you get what you pay for.

Plus, cheap contractors that you’ll find on sites like Craigslist or Yellow Pages often aren’t licensed to work on gas appliances. Only a licensed gas fitter is qualified to install or repair gas furnaces.

In addition to experience level, contractors normally charge for their services in 2 different ways:

  • Fixed rate: The contractor will tell you the flat-rate price before any work begins. So, whether your furnace repair takes 2 hours or 5 hours, you’ll pay the price the contractor gave you during the diagnosis.
  • Hourly rate: The contractor will charge you based on how long it takes them to finish the job. You’ll get the total bill after the contractor repairs your furnace.

You can also expect to pay some kind of “service fee” or “trip charge,” which is the cost for the tech to come out and diagnose what’s wrong with your furnace. Some companies waive this fee if you choose them to do the repair (we do).

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