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How Much Does It Cost To Repair A Whole House Air Cleaner?

Most homeowners spend between $165 to $289 nationally.
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Almost nothing is as invigorating as a breath of fresh air, but sometimes it's difficult to breathe deeply inside your home. The effects of poor indoor air quality have led to a need for whole house air cleaners. Once they're incorporated into HVAC systems, these cleaners help people who suffer from breathing issues by reducing allergens, toxins and particulates in the air. And as with any other household appliance, whole house air cleaners can run into mechanical issues that require repairs. This cost guide will help you hire a HVAC pro who can get your air cleaner up and running again.

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National Average Cost $334
Minimum Cost $55
Maximum Cost $2,500
Average Range $165 to $289
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Table of Contents

  1. Electronic Air Cleaner Repair Cost
  2. Signs Air Cleaner Repairs Are Needed
  3. Why Repair Electronic Air Cleaners?
  4. Common Problems With Whole House Cleaners
  5. Solutions For Broken Air Cleaners
  6. How To Prevent Air Cleaner Repairs
  7. DIY Or Hire A Pro?
  8. Find A Pro

Electronic Air Cleaner Repair Cost

The costs of repairing an air cleaner vary based upon the severity of the problem and whether the call is made during business hours or after. Most homeowners spend between $136 and $437 to have their air cleaners diagnosed and repaired, with an average reported cost of $272.

Signs Air Cleaner Repairs Are Needed

When your air cleaner is starting to require repairs, there are some common signs that can help you solve the problem faster:

  • You may notice more dust settling around your house or it needs more-frequent cleaning
  • There's a sound, like hissing, popping or crackling coming from the unit where the air cleaner was installed
  • If you have an electronic air cleaner, you may notice an ozone-type odor

Signs Air Cleaner Repairs Are Needed

Why Repair Electronic Air Cleaners?

The primary reason to repair your electronic air cleaner involves your health, the wellbeing of your family and even health concerns involving your pets. Today's tighter-built homes may keep the weather outside, but they also lock contaminants inside. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there's a growing body of scientific evidence that shows that air within homes can be more polluted than outdoor air, even in large, industrialized cities. The EPA estimates that the average person spends 90% of their time within the four walls of their home, making pollutants a serious health risk. 

Health Concern Mitigation

The EPA, National Academy of Sciences (NAS), American Heart Association (AHA) and American Lung Association (ALA) all agree that fine particles of pollutants found in the average home increase the risk of asthma, heart attack, stroke and other serious health conditions. In fact, the EPA notes that controllable levels of fine particles lead to more than 17,000 premature deaths annually.

The lower your exposure to fine particles is, the lower your risks of developing respiratory and cardiovascular diseases may be. Better yet, the lower your exposure, the longer your expected lifespan becomes. Those who are the most vulnerable – like children, the elderly and those who are already sick – experience the greatest benefits from clean air.

A clean and well-ventilated home is a good start, but that's not enough for everyone. Those who are sensitive to mold, pollen, tobacco smoke, dust mites, dander, gases (such as carbon monoxide and radon), pesticides, household cleaning products and building materials such as lead, formaldehyde and asbestos can become sick just by breathing the air in their homes.

Normally, poor quality indoor air causes little more than discomfort, and people feel better once they've removed the source of pollution. However, there are some pollution-related conditions, such as respiratory disease and cancer, which can be quite serious, which is why a cleaner is so important. This is where a pro can offer expert advice and guide you toward the remedy.

Why Repair Electronic Air Cleaners

How Cleaners Help

Air purifiers work by utilizing fine sieves that filter particles in the air and prevent them from circulating. Air flows into an air purifier, and the finer the sieve used on that particular model is, the smaller the particles are that it can trap. High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are guaranteed to trap 99.97% of all airborne particles larger than 0.3 microns. In other words, if a pollutant is larger than 1/25,400 of an inch, it will get caught in the filter.

A particulate would have to be 10 microns or larger to be seen by the human eye, meaning most of what flows through indoor air escapes detection. Depending upon the unit you want, a whole house air cleaner will cost anywhere from $500 to $3,200. An HVAC contractor near you can take a look at what you have in place and give you a cost estimate.

Common Problems With Whole House Cleaners

Typical cleaner repairs are generally caused by a few key problems, including:

  • Reduced airflow
  • Power not getting to the unit
  • Loosened belts
  • Gears that need replacement
  • Dirty plates

Common Problems With Whole House Cleaners

Solutions For Broken Air Cleaners

A whole house air cleaner is made up of many components, both electrical and mechanical. For example, the loss of power to the unit may be as simple as a frayed wire, or it may represent a blown motor or filter that became clogged and overheated. A unit that sounds as though it's slowly dying may, in fact, simply need its plates cleaned or a gear replaced.

How To Prevent Air Cleaner Repairs

To forgo that $272 repair bills, there are of course some preventative measures you can take:

  • Replace filters as needed. Depending upon your unit, air filters will cost from $20 to $200 per year.
  • Hire an HVAC professional to inspect your whole house air cleaner once a year. He or she will check plates, belts, gears and the power source to ensure a trouble-free system. You can have this done at the same time as your annual furnace inspection.

DIY Or Hire A Pro?

A whole house air cleaner attaches to the inside of your heating or cooling system and may need to be connected to an electrical system. While some problems are common to air cleaners and represent a relatively easy fix, others can be more complex. Unless you have extensive experience working with electrical and mechanical issues, repairs and testing are best left to a professional who understands the ins and outs of your unit.

Solutions For Broken Air Cleaners

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There are few things more important than the air you breathe. If you're ready to do something about the pollutants in your home, let ImproveNet help you contact a reputable HVAC professional with our free lead generator to repair your whole house air cleaner.

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