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How much does it cost to replace a blower motor relay?

A replacement blower motor relay has an average total cost of $79, with $35 for parts and $44 for labor costs. The actual price depends on your vehicle and labor costs in your area.
How long does it take to replace a blower motor relay? It usually doesn’t take a certified mechanic very long to swap out blower motor relays. Usually, they can get the work done in about 0.4 hours. This includes the time it takes to do a quick diagnostics test first.
Take a look at blower motor relay replacement costs for different vehicles:
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 27, 2024
Volvo 244
$77
$41
$36
0.3 Hours
May 27, 2024
Porsche 911
$68
$33
$35
0.3 Hours
May 27, 2024
Honda Accord
$232
$198
$35
0.3 Hours
May 22, 2024
Subaru Impreza
$236
$198
$39
0.3 Hours
May 16, 2024
Chrysler Chysler Town
$78
$41
$37
0.3 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my blower motor relay replacement and how much do those parts cost?

Replacing the blower motor relay is pretty simple and doesn’t require many new parts. Here’s what you’ll need:
  1. New blower motor relay: The relay looks like a plug, and it typically costs between $15 and $60. If you’re not sure which relay to buy, check your owner’s manual for the right part number or ask your mechanic to look up the part for you. Even though blower motor relays look similar, they have unique electrical components, so you must replace your relay with a relay of the same part number.
In addition to the replacement relay, have these tools handy:
  • Allen wrenches
  • Deep-well socket set
  • Plastic trim panel tool
  • Open-end wrench
  • Screwdriver set
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Owner’s manual
You can buy replacement parts for your blower motor relay from auto parts stores like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, as well as online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto. Three reputable brands we recommend are Dorman, ACDelco, and Standard Motor Products. Keep in mind that the best options for your blower motor relay will vary depending on your’s year, make, and model.
Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference. There shouldn’t be too much difference in the quality of parts, but if your car is still under warranty, you might risk voiding it by going with aftermarket replacement parts. Since it’s not a very expensive part, you might not save much by going with the aftermarket option.
Head to your local auto body shop or auto part store like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts or NAPA Auto Parts. If they’re out of stock, they can order the replacement relay for you. You can also shop online on RockAuto or Amazon. Just remember to check that the part matches your vehicle’s replacement specs.

Where can I get my blower motor relay replaced?

When you’re ready to get the relay replaced, the last thing you want to do is spend hours finding an automotive repair shop that you trust. Jerry's
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is here to help! The free app compares fair price estimates from over 2,500 vetted repair shops in the US. 
Read through their real hourly labor rates, find out what’s included in the service cost, and read reviews from customers to help you pick the best service for your vehicle.
Take a look at some of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare car repair quotes in your area.
154 Reviews
Freeway Tire Shop
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3110 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX
Blower Motor Relay Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$131
(Parts - $41, Labor - $90)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$80
177 Reviews
54th Street Auto Center
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415 W 54th St, New York, NY
Blower Motor Relay Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$202
(Parts - $41, Labor - $161)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$191
122 Reviews
Johnny's Auto Repair
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106 W Main St, Maple Shade, NJ
Blower Motor Relay Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$131
(Parts - $41, Labor - $90)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$40
173 Reviews
Victory Auto Service & Glass - St. Petersburg
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3001 Dr M.L.K. Jr St N, St. Petersburg, FL
Blower Motor Relay Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$195
(Parts - $41, Labor - $154)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$134.40
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my blower motor relay?

If your car has a bad blower motor relay, here are the steps you or your mechanic should take to replace it:
  1. Locate the blower motor relay: This is usually found in the under-dash or under-hood fuse box. In most cars, you can get to the relay through the glove compartment. To make it easier to work, empty the glove box and remove the compartment.
  2. Disconnect the battery: As a safety precaution, pop on a pair of safety glasses and disconnect your car’s battery at the negative cable.
  3. Remove the relay motor’s door panel: Use a screwdriver to remove the two screws that hold the panel door in place. Now, you have access to the blower motor relay.
  4. Remove the relay and compare parts: Pull the defective blower motor relay from its electric socket. Then, look at the part number printed on it. Check that your new blower motor relay has the same part number.
  5. Install the new blower motor relay: Push the new relay into the empty slot. 
  6. Reconnect the battery and test the blower motor: Reconnect the car battery at the negative cable and switch on the engine. Test the new relay by running the heat and AC. Turn it to different speeds and temperatures to determine if the new relay works.
  7. Re-install the relay motor’s door panel and glove box: Grab your screwdriver and screw the panel door back in place. Then, push the glove compartment into the half-open position (or until you hear a click). Put your items back in the glove box and push it shut.

What happens if I don’t replace my blower motor relay?

If the blower motor relay goes out, the blower motor can’t function. This means driving around without a working climate-control system in your car. You might not mind if the weather’s nice, but on a 100-degree day, you’ll be feeling the heat!

What is a blower motor relay?

The relay is a switch that controls the blower motor. Basically, it tells the blower motor when to turn on and circulate temperature-controlled air in your car. If your car has a separate air conditioning unit (like a rear AC system), it has another blower motor and an additional relay.
Keep in mind: The blower motor relay is not a fuse. The relay is a control, while the fuse protects the relay from electrical power surges.

How do I know if my blower motor relay is bad?

You’ll probably have a pretty good idea that something is wrong with your car’s air conditioning system. Here are some of the most common symptoms of a bad blower motor relay:
  1. Blower motor doesn’t work: If your AC system is suddenly wonky—it only works on certain settings, or it stops working entirely, the relay is likely bad. The point of contact may have worn out, or the relay could have gotten stuck. Either way, the climate control in your car won’t function as it should.
  2. Blown fuses: This one is actually pretty easy to check as long as you know what you’re looking for. Pop the hood and check your fuse box for the blower motor fuse. If the filament is broken, the fuse is blown. This can happen if there’s been an electrical spike.
  3. Melted relay: The relay can get hot if there’s something wrong with it. In extreme cases, the relays can overheat, and the plastic housing will melt or burn. If this happens, you might see damage to the car’s fuse box.
Keep in mind: A mechanic will diagnose a faulty relay by powering it to see if the relay clicks. Then, they’ll measure the resistance across the relay.

How often should a blower motor relay be replaced?

In general, blower motor relays need to be replaced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. However, every manufacturer specifies an age or mileage limit for their blower motor relays, so check your owner’s manual or consult with a certified mechanic.
The blower motor relay is not regularly checked as part of any regular maintenance inspection. If you suspect the relay is failing, schedule a blower motor relay inspection.

Can I replace my blower motor relay myself?

If you’re confident with your mechanic DIY skills, and you’ve already got a garage stocked with tools, you can replace the blower motor switch. Doing the replacement yourself is a great way to avoid paying labor costs. Before you begin, read through your car’s owner’s manual, and follow all safety recommendations. 
Warning: Don’t ever try to repair the damaged relay. It usually can’t be fixed, and the risk of damaging the entire relay is too high.

FAQs

The blower motor relay switches on and off constantly through hot summers and chilly winters. This continual use causes wear and tear on the relay, which can cause it to fail.
Unfortunately, it can. A failing blower motor relay will continue to drain on the battery, even when your car is off.

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