How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system keep you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health through the dog days of summer. For that reason, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or your air conditioner won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to call around for several days.

When your AC breaks down in the heat of the summer, you may not have time to shop around for different quotes or research average costs. Not being sure how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioner service tech knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here to show you several price ranges on some common services so you won’t be shocked when Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning shows up 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what precisely needs to be repaired, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, you can ask your air conditioning repair professional to show you his or her process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the culprit may be beyond the AC equipment 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 normally cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you choose, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the latest thermostats may pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, provided they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still young or you want to repair your older equipment instead of investing in an energy-efficient A/C system 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 some of the most standard for your air conditioning system.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to examine the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing this part is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement might 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 under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with common repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the company 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 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, such as a compressor, are encompassed in 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. Unless you have a labor warranty you will always have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Keep in mind that these costs are estimates and many times they 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 getting yearly 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 would like more information or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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