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How Much Does it Cost to Repair a Boiler? A Michigan Tech Answers

When your boiler breaks down, the first question on your mind is price: “How much is this repair going to cost me?”

In Michigan, the cost of a boiler repair ranges from $350 to $1,600, with most paying around $550 on average.

Now your next question is probably, “Why does the price vary?”

The cost to repair your boiler can vary depending on the following factors:

  • What’s wrong with your boiler
  • Whether your boiler is still under warranty
  • The HVAC contractor you hire

We’ll go into more detail about each of these factors below.

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Factor #1: What’s wrong with your boiler

What’s wrong with your boiler will largely determine what you’ll pay for a repair.

Think about taking your car to a mechanic. If you tell the mechanic your car isn’t working and you ask about price, they’ll probably tell you they need to inspect the car first to diagnose the problem, then give you a quote.

The same idea applies to a boiler: Without a technician inspecting your boiler, it’s impossible to say exactly how much a repair will cost. The reason is because there are so many different kinds of boiler issues.

Some of the most common boiler repairs in our area include:

  • Replacing a bad circulator pump – $500 to $900
  • Fixing a broken thermostat – $200 to $400
  • Replacing an expansion tank – $300 to $600
  • Fixing a broken igniter – $200 to $400
  • Removing mineral buildup – $300 to $700

Factor #2: Whether your boiler is still under warranty

After seeing those prices above, you might be worried about the cost of some repairs.

The good news? If your boiler is still under warranty, you won’t have to pay as much for your repair.

When you (or the original homeowner) first purchased the boiler, it most likely came with a parts warranty from the manufacturer. With a parts warranty, if a part fails within a certain timeframe (usually anywhere from 5 to 10 years after the boiler was installed), then the manufacturer will cover the cost of the replacement part.

Additionally, you may have a labor warranty from the contractor who installed your boiler. Usually, if something goes wrong in the first 1–2 years, the contractor will replace the broken part for free or a reduced cost.

To check the status of your warranties or to get details about what they cover, contact the manufacturer of your boiler or an HVAC contractor.

A note about manufacturer warranties

In order for your parts warranty to be considered valid, the manufacturer typically requires you to do the following:

  • Register your boiler within 60 days from its installation date
  • Prove that your boiler has been regularly maintained by a certified professional
  • Prove that the system has not been moved from its original location and that only OEM (original equipment manufacturer) replacement parts have been used

If you haven’t done those things, the manufacturer may not honor the parts warranty.

Factor #3: The HVAC contractor you hire

Some contractors charge more for their repair services than others.

Here’s a good rule-of-thumb: The more experienced the HVAC contractor, the more they will likely charge to repair your boiler.

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. You see, you want to hire a contractor who will do the job correctly—the first time. That way, you won’t have to pay for the same repair down the road.

An experienced contractor will have the tools and skills to do the job correctly the first time around. But how can you know if a contractor is experienced and will do high-quality work?

To find a high-quality contractor, do the following:

  • Make sure the company has good customer reviews on sites like Google, Facebook and Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Verify that the company is licensed and insured
  • Double-check that the company will give upfront, honest pricing on all of their services
  • Make sure the company offers guarantees on their work

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