Boiler Repair Price: Rates for a Boiler Repairer

January 20, 2020
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When to call a boiler repairer?

The cost of repairing a boiler

What does the cost of repairing a boiler depend on?

What premiums for repairing a boiler?

The experience of a broken boiler is never pleasant. And yet, the cost of repairing a boiler is an unavoidable budget in the event of a boiler breakdown or malfunction. 

Are you looking to better predict the prices of boiler repairers? This page gives you a complete update on the repair budget for a boiler.

When to call a boiler repairer?

For the sake of economy, we often hide the anomalies in our boiler (pressure drop, strange noise, increase in consumption, etc.).

However, it is better to call on a boiler repairer as soon as an anomaly occurs, in order to limit long-term damage.

Immediately call your boiler repairer when:

You detect leaks of water, fuel oil or gas. Most of the time, replacing a few seals can solve the problem of boiler leaks.

You detect smoke, whether white or black. Turn off the boiler while waiting for a repairer to take action.

You detect weird noises such as knocking or clicking.

You detect an overheating or on the contrary a lower heating than usual, it is the sign that your boiler is working abnormally, pressure problem or combustion problem.

The pressure in your boiler rises or falls steadily.

The consumption of your boiler increases unexplained.

These different signs can tell you that your boiler needs to be maintained or repaired. Therefore, it is better to bring in a repairman quickly, to prevent the situation from getting worse.

Important: in any case, do not try to solve the problem yourself: you risk getting burned, electrocuted or even damaging your boiler further.

The cost of repairing a boiler

The cost of repairing a boiler varies depending on whether you have a maintenance and repair contract or not. The cost of repairing a boiler will also, of course, depend on the source of the failure.

Cost of repairing a boiler as part of a maintenance contract

As a general rule, when installing your boiler, the professional offers you a maintenance contract, that is to say an annual or monthly contract which covers all expenses related to the maintenance and repair of the boiler.

The price of a boiler maintenance contract varies according to suppliers and manufacturers: it ranges from 100 to 300 € depending on the frequency of maintenance and the services included. (Receive free quotes for maintenance / repair of your boiler!) A maintenance contract will generally include, for this price:

  • An annual maintenance visit,
  • One or more interventions in the event of a boiler failure,
  • A reduction on the cost of parts,
  • Reduced response times in the event of a boiler failure.

If the annual maintenance contract generally covers interventions, it only too rarely includes the cost of supply in the event of parts to be replaced. You should carefully read the maintenance contract in order to know your rights and the limit thereof.

Note: sometimes the maintenance contract does not exempt you from travel costs, which are between 20 and 40 euros per intervention on average.

Price of boiler repair outside the maintenance contract

When you do not have or no longer have a maintenance contract, the repair prices are different and much more expensive.

On average, the cost of a boiler repair intervention reaches 50 euros. The hourly rate for a boiler repairer is between 20 and 40 euros. 

Add to that between 20 and 40 euros of travel costs, as well as any supplies (replacement parts). Depending on the case, the supply needed to repair a boiler can range from a few euros to several hundred euros, depending on the faulty part.

In the case of a gas or oil-fired boiler, it is therefore often preferable to use an annual maintenance contract, because this includes the annual maintenance visit (compulsory) and allows you to benefit from troubleshooting cheaper.

Reminder: check beforehand if your boiler is still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, in which case the repair may be free since it is financed by the warranty.

What does the cost of repairing a boiler depend on?

Several factors will influence the price of repairing a boiler: the nature of the breakdown, of course, the type of boiler you use, but also the boiler repairer you use.

The nature and origin of the failure

The problem with a boiler can be linked to poor combustion, poor circulation of the heat transfer liquid or simply an HS boiler.

The type of boiler

The price of the intervention also depends on the type of boiler you have. French households most often use a wood, oil or gas boiler.

The most sophisticated natural gas boiler is also the most expensive to repair since the replacement of a simple solenoid valve costs on average 800 €.

The oil boiler, although it is more polluting, remains the least expensive to maintain. The average price for repairing an oil-fired boiler is € 80 per intervention. (Compare your region’s free rates for repairing your boiler!)

Note: the cost of repairing a heat pump can also be substantial, since these heating methods are often more complex than gas or oil boilers.

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