Worth Knowing: What does an oil burning furnace tuneup cost in the Upper Valley?

It's getting to be the time of year when you really ought to give your oil burning heating system a tuneup. After all, although this week is forecast to be a steamer, cooler days lie ahead. So what does it cost to get your oil burning furnace tuned up in the Upper Valley?

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We contacted a few businesses in the Upper Valley that offer this service. Most fuel companies offer heating system tuneup services, but many require you to be a fuel customer to use their services. In addition, the length of time needed to tune up your furnace will vary depending on when it was last cleaned and how up-to-date your system is. Irving Energy told us that a tuneup normally takes between 1 1/2 and 2 hours. But Dickinson & Son warned that a tuneup can take 4 or even 5 hours if your system hasn't been serviced in a long time. And here's what you'll pay:

Simple Energy ((603) 298-7200) and Dickinson & Son ((603) 643-4333) charge $95 an hour. Cota & Cota ((888) 268-2645) charges $99 an hour unless you have a service plan with them. Coming in on top (or at the bottom?) was Irving Energy, which charges $172 for the first hour and then $120 an hour. 

Do you have someone you use to tune up your heating system? Please share that information, including the cost if you know it, in a comment beneath this post. Thanks.

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