How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

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

When your AC dies in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you might not have time to look around for competing quotes or research average costs. Not knowing how much repairs can cost when the AC 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 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 a leak test is needed, and what actually requires repair, 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 unsure, you can ask your air conditioning repair professional to show you the process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the problem 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 interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you decide on, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the latest thermostats could pay back their cost 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 decide to repair your older equipment instead of buying an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will probably 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 AC system. 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 under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with typical repairs, like 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 make the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, a compressor for example, also require 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.

Some of our Membership Plans carry parts and labor coverage that functions in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to guard you from sudden repair expenses.

Remember that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the particular issues with your equipment, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been getting annual maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC is pretty much dead and replacement is looking 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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