How Much Does It Cost To Repair A Heat Pump?


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Heat Pump Repair Costs

Indoor Cost Guides      Air-Conditioning & Heating (HVAC)      Heat Pump Repair Costs

The heat pump in your home is always busy. After all, it takes care of both the heating and cooling needs in your home and is an energy-efficient alternative to move heat from a cool area to a warm area, ensuring that a cool space is cooler in the summer and warm areas warmer in the winter.

As is the case with so many other household systems, there are different types of heat pumps, and they are categorized by the source of energy they rely on to transfer warm air from one spot to another. The type of heat pump selected is based on the area of the home, its regular climate and even the owner’s budget. The main types are air source, geothermal, and water source. And though this represents three different varieties, they all run into similar issues.

The most common among them are insufficient heating or cooling, icing or freezing, and failure to move warm air when heating is in use. They should not run round the clock, and that too can be a sign of trouble.

Heat pump repair:by type of problem.

Item Cost
Thermostats and temperature issues:this might range from faulty wiring to a defective device. $150-$700
Condenser issues: heat pumps also use condensers situated outside of the building and they can face trouble from blockages and low refrigerant levels to worn out or damaged control boards and faulty timer motors. $50-$600
Ductwork: costly to repair and involving everything from testing the system and fixing leaks to installing brand new ductwork. $55-$2,000
Other issues: this can include everything from a new breaker installation or new refrigerant to stop freezing to a new defrost timer or new valves can be required. $20-$600


Other considerations and costs

  • Service calls may be a part of the cost of repair, and these will vary from $85 to $95, though they may be free of charge if a service contract exists on the unit or with the HVAC expert. Some service professionals can charge as much as $285 per hour for labor, including a diagnostic service call.
  • Annual HVAC maintenance will run from $140 to $200 and a contract with a provider may be as much as an additional $100 to $150.
  • Repairs needed during extremes of hot or cold may end up costing as much as 30% more because of the busier season putting demands on professionals.
  • Most heat pumps have a 15-year life span (at least), and yet experts may recommend a full replacement if the unit is at the end of its expected life span, at a cost of $2,000 to as much as $7,500.

DIY considerations

  • Heat pump repair is not a DIY issue. Some maintenance and basic troubleshooting are the extent of the work the average homeowner should do on the system.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

(Varies by type of problem)
  • New York, NY$1,606
  • Bronx, NY$1,320
  • Brooklyn, NY$1,100
  • Philadelphia, PA$1,372
  • Washington, DC$1,191
  • Atlanta, GA$1,078
  • Miami, FL$980
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$1,027
  • Minneapolis, MN$1,204
  • Chicago, IL$1,403
  • Houston, TX$1,447
  • San Antonio, TX$971
  • Austin, TX$1,100
  • Denver, CO$929
  • Phoenix, AZ$981
  • Las Vegas, NV$1,076
  • Los Angeles, CA$1,213
  • San Diego, CA$1,100
  • San Jose, CA$1,329
  • Seattle, WA$973

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