Cost of a Heat Pump Tune‑Up for an Average Florida Home
Heat pump maintenance may seem like an unnecessary service, but it provides many long-term cost savings. Just one heat pump tune-up in spring and again in fall can save the average Floridian hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars over the system’s lifespan. During maintenance, your HVAC technician will catch issues before they can cause significant damage to critical parts. In effect, your system will undergo fewer repairs.
Fewer repairs mean lower energy bills because your heat pump will perform more efficiently and use less energy. You’ll also save money on emergency repairs (and even hotel stays) since properly maintained heat pumps don’t break down very often.
The cost of maintaining a heat pump in Florida can range between $100 to $300 per service visit. However, not all maintenance visits are created equal. Some visits may involve repairs, which can add more to the cost.
Let’s explore the cost of heat pump maintenance in more detail to arm you with the knowledge you need to save even more:
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Thoroughness of the Heat Pump Tune-Up Checklist
According to Energy Star, HVAC contractors will generally provide a heat pump tune-up checklist for their technicians to complete. The bare minimum checklist should include the following 8 items:
- Check thermostat settings
- Tighten all electrical connections
- Lubricate all moving parts
- Check and inspect the condensate drain in the central air conditioner, furnace, and/or heat pump
- Check controls, including the start cycle, to see if the system starts, operates, and shuts off properly
- Clean the evaporator and condenser AC coils
- Check the central air conditioner's refrigerant levels
- Clean and adjust the blower components
Any maintenance checklist with fewer than 8 points increases the probability of a system breakdown and paying for a costly repair to resolve the issue.
Most high-quality contractors will be transparent about this checklist and likely have a thorough heat pump maintenance service. When the number of items inspected, cleaned, and tested goes up, the cost of the heat pump tune-up increases. However, the benefit will be that the likelihood of a future system breakdown decreases.
For example, Climate Design offers a 27-point heat pump tune-up which goes above and beyond industry standards for a maintenance visit. We look at all crucial parts in just 2 hours, maximizing our customers’ comfort and peace of mind. Curious about what’s on the 27-point checklist? Call us at (727) 592-5040!
Contractor You Hire to Perform a Tune-Up and Their Maintenance Plan
While a high-quality HVAC contractor will typically charge more for a heat pump tune-up, you can rest assured that they’ll be transparent about pricinand provide a complete checklist confirming their maintenance line items. On the other hand, an inexperienced contractor may charge less for the initial tune-up but try to sell you unnecessary—and possibly costly—repairs. Or they will try to complete fewer maintenance points and miss a minor problem that could snowball into a significant issue down the road.
To find a contractor with an extensive heat pump maintenance checklist, look for one with:
- Hundreds of great Google reviews
- Proof of licensing and insurance on their website
- More than 10+ years of experience in the industry
- A Better Business Bureau accreditation
- Highly-trained technicians (such as a NATE certification)
- Clear and upfront pricing estimates and checklist
Another indicator of a high-quality contractor that prioritizes proper maintenance is one that offers a maintenance plan. Comprehensive maintenance plans are a great way to save money on tune-up visits because paying a low monthly or annual rate is more affordable than the combined cost of individual tune-ups over your heat pump’s lifespan. Almost all maintenance contracts in the industry include a free tune-up each year.
Of course, most high-quality contractors also want to provide more benefits to their customers than a free tune-up. At Climate Design, our maintenance plan members receive:
- One 27-point system check-up per year
- One professional system cleaning per year
- Complete drain line coverage year-round
- Improved indoor air quality
- 15% discount on HVAC services, parts & accessories
- Guaranteed same-day service
- Emergency after-hours availability (24/7/365)
Number of Repairs Added to a Heat Pump Tune-Up
When considering the cost of maintaining a heat pump, you must also include the cost of recommended repairs. The older your heat pump, the more you will probably pay for maintenance.
Now, if you’re consistent about maintaining your heat pump, or your heat pump is relatively new, chances are you won’t have any extra charges added to your tune-up cost. But the older your system gets, the more likely you’ll have a part that needs repair or replacement. Common parts that require attention during maintenance and may need a repair or replacement include:
- Blower motor: Expect to pay around $350–$850 for a repair or replacement.
- Circuit board: Most contractors price this repair or replacement at $200-$850.
- Compressor: This is considered one of the most critical parts for any heat pump system, and it’s expensive to replace at $800-$3,500 if it is not regularly maintained.
- Condenser fan motor: A common repair that ranges between $250–$1,100. It will most likely be on the lower end of that spectrum.
- Reversing valve: This somewhat common repair costs around $450–$750.
- Refrigerant: The cost to recharge refrigerant is about $230–$1,500+. However, if your system uses an outdated refrigerant, it may need to be replaced.
Ready to Schedule a Heat Pump Tune-Up? Contact Climate Design.
To receive a heat pump tune-up for any system brand and model or issue, contact Climate Design. Our highly-trained heat pump technicians are NATE-certified and have received the highest level of training in our industry.
During your 27-point heat pump tune-up, we’ll thoroughly inspect, clean, and repair your system so that it remains efficient, provides total home comfort, and saves you money on energy bills. We’ll also explain any recommendations we make for heat pump repairs that could increase your system’s performance and lifespan.
You can also enroll in our heat pump maintenance plan to receive free tune-ups and a 15% discount on service. Learn more to see why over 6,000 of our customers have enrolled.