How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

Not only does air conditioning help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health through the extreme temperatures of summer. Unfortunately, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t turn on at all, you’re not in a position to shop around for more than a couple days. 

When your air conditioner goes out in the heat of the summer, you don’t always have time to call around for competing quotes or research average costs. Not having an idea how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioning service tech knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide several price ranges on some common services so you won’t be caught off guard when Stevenson Service Experts arrives to get you cool and comfortable again. 

  1. Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 – $500 
  1. AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 – $1300 
  1. Thermostat Replacement: $200 – $500 
  1. Capacitor Replacement: $250 – $350 
  1. Contactor Replacement: $150 – $350 
  1. AC Fan Motor Replacement: $500 – $1200 

Refrigerant Leak Detection and Repair 

Depending on where the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what precisely requires repair, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re not confident, you can ask your air conditioning repair expert to show you their process and review their findings. 

AC Circuit Board Replacement 

There are times when the issue may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your AC could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300. 

Thermostat Replacement 

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you choose, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the latest thermostats could pay back their cost in energy management savings, provided they are programmed properly. 

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement 

If your A/C system is still only a few years old or you choose to repair your older equipment instead of investing in an energy-efficient air conditioning 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 air conditioner. 

AC Fan Motor Replacement 

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

NOTE: Part repair under warranty 

A common misconception is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with standard repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, like a compressor, are included in this process but these larger repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will continuously have to incur charges for the technician’s labor. 

Some of our Membership Plans allow for parts and labor coverage that work with the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from sudden repair costs. 

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the specific issues with your system, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been receiving regular maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system is pretty much dead and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide

If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Stevenson Service Experts 24/7/365. 

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