How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning keep you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health through the heat of summer. Unfortunately, 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 air conditioning breaks down in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you may not have time to shop around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not knowing how much it may cost when the air conditioner service tech knocks on your door can be intimidating, 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 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what precisely needs to be repaired, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re unsure, you can ask your AC repair professional to show you his or her process and explain 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 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 normally cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you go with, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the newer thermostats might pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, provided 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 system instead of investing in an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can cost 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 AC system. 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 misconception 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 other 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 contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may make the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but those types of repairs have additional 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 prices are estimates and they can often 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 getting annual maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has just plain given up and replacement is more likely, take a moment to read 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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