How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system help you to stay comfortable, it’s also a health necessity when we’re here in the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to call around for a few days.

When your air conditioning dies in the heat of the summer, you might not have time to look around for different quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not knowing how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service technician arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide a few price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be caught off guard when Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning shows up to get you up and running 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 there needs to be a leak test, and what exactly needs to be repaired, an average 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 not confident, you can ask your air conditioning repair technician to show you their process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the culprit may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your system could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you go with, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Fortunately, the newer thermostats might pay back their cost in energy management savings, if they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still only a few years old or you want to repair your older system instead of buying an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most common for your AC system.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to consider the pros and cons of paying to repair your current AC system versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement may cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common confusion is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with standard repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers require the contractor to hold the part for two to four months and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, also require this process but those types of repairs have more supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continue have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these ranges are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the actual issues with your equipment, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been having yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit has seen its last summer 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 conditioner repair, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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