How Much Does a Furnace Cleaning Cost?
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A furnace cleaning is the process of cleaning and tuning up your furnace to make that it is running properly. One culprit that can cause a furnace to stop working is dirt. Dirt can cause many problems with the furnace. If the furnace overheats, it can damage the parts and can even ruin the heater permanently. A dirty furnace can also waste fuel, which means that it will be more expensive to run and won’t run as efficiently.
Getting your furnace cleaned can lessen the chances of these things happening and will pay for itself in the end.
How much does it cost?
- Depending on the company and the furnace, most companies are going to charge around $125 to $200 to clean a furnace.
- Twincitiesfurnacecleaning.com, for example, charges $170 to clean a furnace.
- At vredevoogd.com, the cost of furnace cleaning or tune up is $129.
What is going to be included?
- The cost includes a thorough inspection, cleaning, furnace tune-up, performance tune, and travel fee of the service personnel. This should also include topping off any necessary fluids and checking the furnace’s filter.
- When a contractor performs the furnace maintenance, the contractors perform basic tasks, such as checking on the general exterior condition and form of your furnace, ensuring that it is positioned straight and level, they will make sure that there are no traces of rust or deterioration and make sure that there are no unnecessary sound coming out from the system. They will check to make sure that no household items are stored on or near the furnace and see that all fittings, gas lines and wires are properly secured.
- Contractors will also inspect the furnace air filter. If it needs to be changed, this can be done for an additional fee.
- Ensure that the thermostat operation and calibration work properly
- Furnace cleaning should include securing the line that supplies the gas. This is a huge safety feature since a gas leak can cause a lot of damage.
- Inspect the electrical connections and wiring, as well as the heat exchanger.
- Ensure that the gas valve operates the way it should be.
What are the extra costs?
- You might need to replace the filter of your furnace altogether. Depending on the size, this can be less than $50.
- Aside from cleaning the furnace, some companies may also want to clean the ducts if the need it. SEE: “How much does duct cleaning cost?“
- If you are going to do the furnace cleaning by yourself, you need items such as a vacuum cleaner, used toothbrush, toothpicks, cotton swabs, scrub brushes, replacement filters and rags. There are many videos and tutorials online that can help you thoroughly clean your furnace. Search for your specific furnace to see tips.
Factors that influence the price:
- The good thing about the cost of furnace maintenance is that it does not fluctuate widely regardless of where your heating system is positioned at home, your home location, or the type of gas furnace you have.
Tips to know:
- Furnace maintenance is just a small investment to make compared with having your heating system replaced or repaired.
- Make it a habit to regularly clean your furnace to extend the life span of your heating system, avoid health threats, and to save money during the heating season.
- When using a vacuum cleaner to clean your furnace, use one that has detachable parts.
- Before you start cleaning your furnace, locate your circuit breaker and be sure to turn off the power to your furnace to ensure your safety.
- Keep in mind that if you failure to maintain your system, it can often void your warranty.
- If you are going to clean your own furnace, it is best to wear safety glasses and a mask. This will protect your eyes from debris and prevent you from inhaling harmful elements.
- Keep extra filters handy so that you can change them anytime they are dirty.
How can I save money?
- If you decide to clean your furnace and its peripherals by yourself, you only need to spend on the cleaning materials and implements. This allows you to significantly save on labor cost.
- You can save money when you schedule your annual furnace tune-up in September when heating contractors aren’t as busy.
- If you just had a new furnace installed, check with the company that put it in for you. They may offer free cleaning for the first year.