How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system make you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity through the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, when the cool air quits blowing or your air conditioner won’t turn on at all, you’re not able to call around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioner breaks down in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you may not have time to call around for multiple quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not knowing how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioner service technician knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here to show you a few price ranges on some common services so you won’t be surprised 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 required, and what exactly demands repair, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re unsure, you can ask your air conditioner repair technician to guide you through the process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the problem may be beyond the A/C system 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 thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you decide on, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the newer thermostats may pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still young or you want to repair your older AC instead of purchasing an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most standard for your AC system.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to examine the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers demand the contractor to store the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may ask the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, also require this process but those types of repairs have ancillary 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 continuously have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the specific issues with your equipment, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been having annual maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC is pretty much dead and replacement is more likely, take a moment to look at 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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