In Boise, the cost of furnace maintenance ranges from $75 to $150.
Why the difference in price?
The cost of furnace maintenance can vary depending on:
- What’s included in the maintenance checklist
- The contractor you choose
We’ll look at both of these factors in more detail below. But first, let’s take a quick look at why you need furnace maintenance in the first place.
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Why your furnace needs maintenance
Just like a car needs to have an oil change every 5,000 miles or so, a furnace needs to have annual maintenance.
Maintaining your furnace results in:
- Improved energy efficiency: Having the parts of your furnace cleaned and lubricated helps them operate smoothly, which improves the overall energy efficiency of your furnace.
- Reduced repairs: During a maintenance visit, a technician can catch small problems before they turn into major repairs.
- Increased safety: Natural gas furnaces (the most common type here in Boise) have special venting that carries harmful combustion gases out of the home. A technician will check that venting to make sure nothing is blocking it and that there are no leaks, which increases the overall safety of your home.
Now that you know why maintaining your furnace is beneficial, let’s look at the two cost factors we mentioned in the beginning.
Factor #1: What’s included in the maintenance checklist
Most HVAC technicians use a checklist that lists all of the important parts that need to be cleaned and inspected during a tune-up.
The more items on the maintenance checklist, the better. A longer checklist means the technician will do a thorough tune-up. That said, the longer the checklist, the more expensive the tune-up will be because the tune-up will take the technician more time.
Below is a list compiled by ENERGY STAR that shows what a technician should look at during a maintenance visit:
- Check thermostat settings
- Tighten all electrical connections
- Replace dirty filter
- Lubricate all moving parts
- Clear any clogs in the furnace condensate drain
- Test all furnace controls
- Verify that the gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger are all working properly
When you hire a technician to maintain your furnace, make sure they at least complete all of the items on that checklist. That said, those items are just the bare minimum of what a furnace technician should check during a tune-up. The more components a technician checks, the better.
Note: Our 22-point furnace tune-up covers all of the ENERGY STAR points and more.
Factor #2: The contractor you choose
Here’s the bottom line: More experienced contractors generally charge more for their services. That said, they also do high-quality work.
When it comes to maintaining your furnace, you don’t want to skimp on hiring a high-quality, experienced professional, because hiring a substandard contractor to maintain your furnace could lead to issues down the road.
Maybe they won’t catch a problem during the tune-up, or they won’t tune-up your furnace correctly, which could cause a problem. Worse yet, they could say they maintained your furnace without really doing much of anything.
So, how do you find a high-quality contractor?
To find a high-quality contractor, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the contractor licensed and insured? This means the contractor will obey local codes and be financially responsible if something goes wrong on the job.
- Does the contractor have good online reviews? Check sites like Better Business Bureau, Facebook, Google and Yelp. If the company has good reviews, that means you’ll likely get good service if you hire them.
- Does the contractor guarantee their work? If so, you can rest assured that the company will stand behind their maintenance work. (Learn more about our 100% satisfaction guarantee.)
If you answered “yes” to the questions above, then you’ve found a high-quality contractor.