How Much Does it Cost to Repair a Heat Pump in Florida?
May 26, 2021
If your heat pump stops working, the first thing you’ll want to know is how much it will cost to fix it.
Unfortunately, without diagnosing the problem, we can’t give you an exact answer. But we can give you a general price range: Most heat pump repairs in Florida range anywhere from $100 to over $1,000.
Wondering why there’s such a big price gap?
The price of your heat pump repair will vary depending on the following factors:
- The scope of the problem
- The status of your heat pump warranties
- The HVAC contractor you hire for the repair
Let’s look at each of these cost factors in more detail to give you a better idea of what you might pay to repair your heat pump.
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Cost factor #1: The scope of the problem
Just like any major household appliance, a heat pump can malfunction or break down at any time. Some problems are relatively minor and only cause a small disruption to your home’s heating and cooling cycles while others are bigger and can cause your heat pump to stop working altogether.
HVAC contractors determine the price of a heat pump repair based on the scope of the problem. Complex heat pump problems that take longer to repair or require expensive replacement parts will naturally cost more.
Below are some examples of common heat pump repairs, with their typical price range:
- Thermostat repair: $50 to $200+
- Reversing valve repair: $450 to $1,500+
- Blower motor replacement: $550 to $1,000+
- Capacitor replacement: $200 to $400+
- Compressor replacement: $1,500+
If the repair is expensive (such as replacing a faulty compressor), the technician may recommend replacing the heat pump entirely, especially if it is over 10 years old. In that scenario, it makes more sense to invest in a new heat pump instead of pouring money into an old unit that will likely break down again.
Cost factor #2: The status of your heat pump warranties
When your heat pump was first installed, it came with two warranties:
- A parts warranty, offered by the manufacturer of the heat pump
- A labor warranty, offered by the contractor who installed the heat pump
If one or both of the warranties are valid, you can expect to pay less for your repair.
We’ll explain what each of these warranties covers in more detail below.
A parts warranty covers the cost of a replacement part if it fails due to a manufacturing defect. A standard parts warranty typically lasts 10 to 12 years from the date of installation (the period of time depends on the manufacturer). Some manufacturers offer extended parts warranties for an extra cost, which adds additional coverage after the standard parts warranty expires.
Regardless of the type of parts warranty you have, the manufacturer will often stipulate certain requirements that need to be met in order for the warranty to be valid. These requirements can include:
- Registering your heat pump with the manufacturer within 30 to 90 days of the installation
- Providing proof that your heat pump has been regularly maintained by certified professional
- Using only replacement parts approved by the manufacturer for all repairs
If the manufacturer’s requirements are not met, then the manufacturer may void the warranty. Without a valid warranty, the homeowner would be responsible for 100% of the labor and part costs needed for the repair.
You can check the requirements for your parts warranty by visiting your manufacturer's website. On the website, you can search for your heat pump model number and find the relevant warranty information. To find your heat pump model number, look for the rating plate on the outdoor unit of your heat pump.
When your heat pump was first installed, it most likely came with a labor warranty from the contractor who handled the installation. A labor warranty covers the cost of labor needed for any repairs within a specific timeframe (usually 1 to 2 years after the installation date).
To find out if your labor warranty is still valid and what repairs are covered, contact the contractor who installed your system.
Cost factor #3: The HVAC contractor you hire for the repair
When it comes to hiring a contractor to repair your heat pump, you generally get what you pay for. That means, if you hire a contractor that offers super low prices, you will most likely get subpar work in return.
On the other hand, if you hire a high-quality, experienced contractor, they will likely repair your heat pump correctly—the first time around. Even though experienced contractors may charge a little more for their repair services, it’s better to invest in a proper repair than risk having to pay for repeat work to fix poor craftsmanship. Poor repair work leads to higher energy bills, reduced system performance and even more repairs down the road.
To avoid the problems caused by poor repair work, we’ve created some questions to ask yourself before hiring a contractor:
- How long has the contractor been in business? Make sure they have been in business for at least 10 years to ensure they have sufficient experience.
- Is the contractor licensed and insured? That way, you aren’t financially responsible if an accident occurs on the job.
- Does the contractor offer guarantees or warranties on their repair work? You want to know if something isn’t done correctly during the repair, the contractor will come back and fix it for free.
- Does the contractor have good online customer reviews? If the majority of the reviews are positive, then you’ll likely have a good experience working with the contractor.
Ready for a free quote to repair your heat pump?
Call (813) 963-3056 or schedule an appointment online today. When you hire Red Cap for your heat pump repair, you can count on honest prices, reliable workmanship and first-class customer service during every step of the project.
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