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How much does it cost to replace heater hoses?

You can expect an average total replacement cost of $279 for a heater hose replacement, with $134 for parts and $145 for mechanic labor. The exact price will depend on your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace heater hoses? In general, it takes around 1.2 hours for a certified mechanic to complete the job. Your mechanic will perform a preliminary inspection to determine if a replacement is necessary, then follow through with the full replacement. 
Here’s an overview of heater hose average costs for different vehicles:
Fan clutch replacement cost for various vehicles
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 22, 2024
Tesla Model 3
$187
$93
$94
0.8 Hours
May 22, 2024
Genesis G70
$194
$93
$101
0.8 Hours
May 22, 2024
Saab 45172
$181
$93
$88
0.8 Hours
May 19, 2024
Jaguar F-Type
$193
$105
$88
0.8 Hours
May 8, 2024
Acura TSX
$198
$105
$93
0.8 Hours
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How’d we estimate these prices?

Jerry experts collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states; including the total cost of services, and hourly labor cost. We researched thousands of shops across the US, and we update our estimates annually. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes to complete a repair. We recommend you contact your local shop directly for final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my heater hose replacement and how much do those parts cost?

You can check your owner’s manual or ask your mechanic for precise parts, but here’s the main thing you need:
  1. Heater hoses: The heater hose is the main component needed in the replacement. A heater hose carries coolant from the engine to the heater core and back. On its own,  the cost of a heater hose ranges anywhere from $10 to $100.
  2. Hose clamps: You will need new hose clamps to secure the new heater hoses in place. New hose clamps can cost anywhere from $5 to $20.
  3. Coolant: It's essential to have enough coolant to refill the cooling system after the heater hose replacement. On average, coolant costs between $10 and $25.
You can purchase heater hose parts for your car from auto parts stores like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, or online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto. Three of our top recommended brands for heater hose parts are Gates, Dayco, and ACDelco. However, the right parts will vary depending on your vehicle’s year, make, and model.
When it comes to your heater hoses, there are pros and cons to choosing either the OEM or aftermarket option. While it can be cheaper to opt for an aftermarket heater hose, OEM heater hoses tend to be more reliable and offer longer functionality.
You can find heater hoses at body shops and auto parts shops like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts. Another spot you can buy them is on Amazon. 
Pro tip: Before searching for any parts, it’s best to consult your vehicle’s owner manual for lists of all of the specs for replacements you need and dealership warranty information.

Where can I get my heater hoses replaced?

With the rundown on 2,500+ vetted repair shops nationwide, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
can make the search for a mechanic to replace your heater hoses a lot easier.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates from local shops using actual hourly rates. You’ll be able to budget for diagnostic fees and see reviews from previous customers to make sure you’ll be happy with your service.
Here’s a look at some of our vetted shops below—and you can download the app to compare car repair quotes in your area.
103 Reviews
Woodlawn Auto Center
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5634 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Springfield, VA
Heater Hoses Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$279
(Parts - $108, Labor - $171)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$120
129 Reviews
I & A Automotive
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24850 Aurora Rd Ste G, Bedford Heights, OH
Heater Hoses Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$270
(Parts - $108, Labor - $162)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$79.99
187 Reviews
1DM AUTO
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7590 McGinnis Ferry Rd, Duluth, GA
Heater Hoses Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$277
(Parts - $108, Labor - $169)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$65
152 Reviews
Olympos Auto Service
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400 Jericho Turnpike, Mount Vernon, NY
Heater Hoses Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$353
(Parts - $108, Labor - $245)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$135
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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 heater hoses?

After your mechanic identifies the heater hose as the source of your car’s engine overheating, they will perform the following steps:
  • Open and secure the hood to prepare for service
  • Drain excess engine coolant from the heater hose
  • Install new heater hose
  • Refill coolant, start the engine
  • Check for leaks and observe engine temperature

What happens when your heater hose goes bad?

The most immediate effect of a failed heater hose is a loss of cabin heat. However, this inconvenience can soon lead to much larger issues.
A damaged or faulty heater hose can cause coolant leaks. Low coolant levels affect not only your vehicle’s heating system, but the entire engine cooling system as well. 
Your heater hoses are also connected to the larger cooling system powered by the water pump, which circulates coolant to the thermostat housing and car radiator where the coolant heat dissipates, helping to keep your engine at the right temperature.   
Without proper temperature regulation, you could experience: 
  • Poor engine performance
  • Your engine to overheat
  • A cracked engine block
  • Cylinder head gasket failure

What is a heater hose?

Your car’s heater hose is responsible for transporting excess heat from the engine compartment in the form of heated coolant from the engine’s cooling system to your heater core, which provides warmth for passengers in the vehicle’s cabin.

How do I know if my heater hose is bad?

The first thing you’ll notice is that no hot air is coming from your heater vents. If the issue with your hose results in a leak, you will soon notice the following:
  • Dashboard alerts that your engine is overheating
  • Leaking engine coolant from the heater hose
  • Coolant puddles or pools under your vehicle
  • Coolant odor when hood is open
  • Low coolant level
  • Steam rising from under the hood

How often should heater hoses be replaced?

Typically, heater hoses and hose clamps should be replaced once every four to six years. This translates to roughly every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. 
Keep in mind: Every manufacturer specifies a different age limit for their heater hoses, so be sure to consult your owner’s manual or speak with a certified mechanic.

Can I replace my heater hoses myself?

If you want to save money on repair costs and replace your heater hoses yourself, you need to be confident in your auto repair and DIY skills. You’ll need to be equipped with a heater hose repair kit, along with new engine coolant (antifreeze), new hoses, and safety goggles.
Replacing this part can be challenging if you’re not prepared. For the average car owner, we recommend visiting an auto shop and letting a trained mechanic perform the job.

FAQs

This procedure takes around two hours to complete.
Yes, if heater hoses are broken or worn out, they should be replaced to prevent engine damage.

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