How Much Does a Furnace Cleaning Cost?
Furnace cleaning is the process of cleaning and tuning up your furnace to ensure that it is running properly. You certainly would not want to wake up freezing just because your furnace has failed to function. One of the basic culprits that cause a furnace to stop working is dirt. Improper or lack of maintenance of your furnace can threaten your family’s health as well as shorten the life span of your heating system. 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 but will not run as efficiently. Having your furnace cleaned can greatly lessen the chances of these things happening and will therefore pay for itself in the end. You can either do the cleaning of your furnace and its peripherals by yourself or hire a third party to do it for you. Whichever way you prefer, the most important things is that cleaning should be done on a regular basis.
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 works 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 operate 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 considerably save money when you schedule your annual furnace tune up in the month of September, when heating contractors are having their laid back period.
- 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.