How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning keep you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health through the extreme temperatures of summer. Unfortunately, when the cool air quits blowing or the system won’t come on at all, you’re not able to call around for a few days.

When your air conditioning goes out in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you might not have time to call around for different quotes or research average costs. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the AC service tech shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be shocked when Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning shows up 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 where the leak is, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what exactly needs to be repaired, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re feeling uneasy, you can ask your AC repair professional to walk you through the process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the issue may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your equipment could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a standard 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 could pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still only a couple years old or you choose to repair your older system instead of buying 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 standard for your air conditioning system.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to assess the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current AC system versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement could cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if the issue calls for a part 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 typical repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to store the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, a compressor for example, are included in this process but these bigger repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through 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.

Remember that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the particular issues with your system, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been receiving annual maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has just plain given up and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you would like more information or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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