How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning help you to stay comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health during the heat of summer. For that reason, when the cold air stops blowing or your air conditioner won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioner goes out in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you may not have time to call around for competing quotes or research average costs. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service tech shows up can be unnerving, so we’re here to show you some price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be alarmed when Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning comes to get you cool and comfortable again.

  1. Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 - $500
  2. AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 - $1300
  3. Thermostat Replacement: $200 - $500
  4. Capacitor Replacement: $250 - $350
  5. Contactor Replacement: $150 - $350
  6. AC Fan Motor Replacement: $500 - $1200

Refrigerant Leak Detection and Repair

Depending on how accessible the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what actually requires repair, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, always ask your AC repair expert to guide you through his or her process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the issue may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your AC could be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you decide on, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the newest thermostats may pay back their cost in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still only a couple years old or you choose to repair your older equipment instead of investing in an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most typical for your AC system.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to review the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing this part is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement may cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with common repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, such as a compressor, are included in this process but these bigger repairs have more supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these costs are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the particular issues with your equipment, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been receiving annual maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit has just plain given up and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you want to find out more or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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