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How Much Does a Residential Boiler Repair Cost in Minneapolis-St. Paul?

Worried that a boiler repair is in your near future? It always helps to know how much this will cost you so that you can budget, right?

So, let’s start with the basics: A residential boiler repair in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area can cost anywhere from $199 to over $1,000.

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So what are all the factors that will affect the final price? Well, the 4 biggest factors include:

  • The specific repair your boiler needs
  • Whether your boiler is still under warranty
  • How often you’ve had the boiler maintained
  • The HVAC contractor you choose

Let’s take a closer look at how these factors will raise or lower the cost of your boiler repair.

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The cost of a MN boiler repair is determined by 4 factors:

1. The specific repair needed

The reason it’s so hard to pin down a specific repair price is because there are so many different kinds of boiler repairs. What part of the boiler is causing issues? Does it need to be replaced or simply repaired? How long will the job take?

The answers to all of these questions affect your final boiler repair bill.

To give you a general idea of what your repair might cost, we’ve provided a list of common boiler repairs (and their prices) below:

  • $500 to $1000 to replace a bad circulator pump
  • $200 to $500 to replace a bad radiator valve
  • $100 to $600 to fix thermostat issues
  • $200 to $600 to remove mineral buildup from inner boiler components
  • $100 to $300 to repair an expansion tank
  • $350 to $650 to replace an expansion tank
  • $100 to $400 to fix a broken ignitor

*Disclaimer: These price ranges are average costs on most repairs and installations.  Exact pricing will depend on the age of the equipment and the maintenance performed over the years. These ranges are in line with most licensed, insured and reputable Minneapolis/St. Paul homeowners.

2. Whether the boiler is still under warranty

If your boiler is still under warranty, this will cut the repair price down significantly.

Not sure if your boiler is still covered? Well, to start, there are actually 3 types of boiler warranties to check for:

  • Labor warranty
  • Manufacturer’s warranty
  • Extended warranty

Typically, all boilers will come with at least a labor and manufacturer’s warranty. However, don’t expect to have an “extended” warranty unless you paid extra for this when the unit was initially installed.

We’ll explain…

The labor warranty:

  • Is usually provided by the contractor who installed your unit
  • Typically lasts 1–2 years after installation
  • Only covers the cost of labor to repair your boiler

The manufacturer’s warranty:

  • Is usually provided by the manufacturer (i.e. Lennox, Weil-mclain, etc.)
  • Typically lasts up to 5 years after installation
  • Only covers the cost of any defective parts that need to be replaced

The extended warranty:

  • Is an optional purchase that’s usually made at the time of installation
  • Can be used to extend either the labor warranty or the manufacturer warranty
  • Typically extends the warranty of your choice by an extra 5–10 years

How to determine whether your boiler is still under any kind of warranty:

  • Consult your boiler owner’s manual for warranty details and date of installation
  • Find the make and model number of your boiler and search for the manufacturer’s warranty details online
  • Contact the contractor who initially installed the unit. They should have details of your warranty on record.

3. How often you’ve had maintenance

Typically, the more maintenance your boiler has received over the years, the lower the cost of your repair.

Think of your boiler like your front lawn: if you neglect it for years, you’re now left with a huge mess of overgrown grass, weeds and trash that will take a significant amount of time and money to restore. But if you maintain it regularly, you’ll have a low-maintenance and healthy front lawn for years to come.

You see, regular boiler maintenance helps to pinpoint and fix small problems that occur due to wear and tear. This prevents small issues from becoming big, expensive repairs. Our professional suggestion is to schedule boiler maintenance once a year—preferably right before the heating system—to keep your boiler healthy and expensive repairs at bay.

4. The quality of the contractor

The general rule of thumb is that higher quality contractors charge more. However, they typically provide higher quality service that can save you money in the long run.

Think about it: would you pick the lowest priced surgeon to operate on you? We hope not. You’d probably pay more attention to their experience, skill and reputation. And because your boiler is one of the most expensive appliances you own, you should choose a boiler repair tech with the same care.

The bottom line is that you get what you pay for. And in terms of boiler repairs, you’re either paying for a job well done (the first time) or a sloppy repair that can lead to higher energy bills and even more repairs in the future.

Need help choosing a contractor? Check out our blog, What Makes a Heating and Air Conditioner Contractor Qualified?”.

Need an estimate for your MN boiler repair?

We’re happy to help.

Just contact us and we’ll send over an experienced tech who will inspect your system, determine the problem then provide a fair quote for your boiler repair.

(Did we mention we offer same-day service?)

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