How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning make you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health during the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system 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 don’t always have time to look around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the air conditioning service expert arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here to show you a few price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be shocked when Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning arrives to get you cooling 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 exactly needs to be repaired, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re not confident, always ask your AC repair professional to guide you through his or her 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 equipment could cost 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 might pay back their purchase price 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 AC instead of investing in an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can run 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 important to consider the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing the fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could be 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 many additional costs that may not be covered by 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 get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand 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, such as 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. Without a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Remember that these costs are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, 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 has just plain given up 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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