How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

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

When your AC dies in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to call around for different quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the air conditioning service expert shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here to show you some price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be shocked 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 where the leak is, whether or not a leak test is required, and what actually requires repair, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re not confident, always ask your AC repair professional to guide you through their process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your system could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you decide on, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the newest thermostats may pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, if they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still only a few years old or you want to repair your older AC instead of investing in 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 a couple of the most typical for your AC system.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to weigh the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing this part is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement may be between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common confusion 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 additional costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with typical repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers require the contractor to hold the part for two to four months and may make the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, like a compressor, also require this process but these bigger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by 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.

Some of our Membership Plans have parts and labor coverage that works alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to shield you from sudden repair expenses.

Remember that these costs are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the actual issues with your AC, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been receiving regular maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit is pretty much dead and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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