Having issues with your heat pump and wondering how much it will cost to repair? On average, the cost to repair a heat pump in California ranges from $90 to $800.
However, the only way to determine the exact cost of your repair is to have a professional assess your heat pump and provide you with an estimate. What we can tell you is that the cost to repair your heat pump will depend on the following factors:
In the blog below, we’ll take a look at each of these factors in more detail, so that you can get a general idea of how much your heat pump repair will cost.
Factor #1: The repair needed
The cost of your heat pump repair will depend greatly on the specific part or parts that need to be repaired.
More complex repairs are usually more expensive because:
- They take longer, increasing the cost of labor
- The parts themselves are more expensive
For example, replacing a capacitor usually takes around 1-2 hours and the part itself isn’t extremely expensive. However, if you have a severe refrigerant leak, it can take 4-5 hours to repair and the cost of refrigerant is expensive, making your repair more costly.
To determine exactly how much your repair will cost, you’ll need to have a contractor come to your home and assess your heat pump.
Factor #2: The company or contractor you choose
The cost of your heat pump repair will depend on the company or contractor you choose.
Typically, the more qualified a contractor is, the more they will charge. That being said, you don’t want to sacrifice quality to save on costs. An unlicensed or inexperienced contractor may not repair your pump correctly and could end up costing you more in additional repairs or rework.
To find a high-quality contractor, look for someone who:
- Is licensed and insured
- Has great reviews on Google and HomeAdvisor
- Has a brick and mortar location near you
- Provides you with honest, upfront pricing estimates
Factor #3: The age of the heat pump
Generally, the older your heat pump is, the more expensive your repair will be. On average, heat pumps last around 10 years, so if your heat pump is near or past this age, the cost of your repair will likely be higher for two reasons:
- Important parts break down—The older your heat pump gets, the more likely important and expensive parts will start to break down and need to be repaired or replaced, increasing the cost of your repair.
- Repairs are needed more frequently—As your heat pump ages, the system starts to break down, generally resulting in multiple parts that need to be replaced or repaired. The more repairs or replacements needed, the more expensive the overall cost will be.
If your heat pump is at or around 10 years old and you find yourself paying for repairs semi-frequently, it’s likely time to replace your heat pump. Although replacing your heat pump is expensive, it’s more cost-effective in the long run than continuously paying for heat pump repairs.
Factor #4: Whether or not your warranty is valid
If your manufacturer or labor warranty is valid, the cost of your heat pump repair will likely be less expensive.
A manufacturer’s warranty will typically cover the cost of parts anywhere from 1-10 years, depending on the manufacturer and the part. Although this warranty will cover the cost of qualified parts, it won’t cover the cost of labor.
It’s important to note that manufacturer’s warranties can become easily voided if:
- You don’t register your heat pump with the manufacturer in the specified period
- You don’t have your heat pump installed by a licensed professional
- You don’t have your heat pump maintained annually by a licensed professional
- You repair your heat pump with any off-brand parts
To determine if your warranty is intact or to find specific information around the scope and length of your coverage, go to the manufacturer's site by entering your heat pump’s serial number.
A labor warranty generally lasts about 1-3 years and will cover the cost of labor. This warranty is provided by the company or contractor who installed your heat pump and typically covers any repairs due to a faulty installation. For specific information around the scope and length of coverage, reach out to the company or contractor who installed your heat pump.
Need a professional heat pump repair? Contact True Home Heating and Air Conditioning!
Whether you need a simple or complex heat pump repair completed, you can trust us to accurately diagnose the issue, provide you with an honest, upfront estimate and repair your heat pump correctly.
We care immensely about the experience we provide every one of our customers, and we’ll take the time to customize your heat pump repair to your personal preferences, your budget and your home. When you choose True Home Heating and Air Conditioning, there is no one-size-fits-all heat pump repair...you get the experience you want and the repair you need.