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 during the extreme temperatures of summer. Unfortunately, when the chilly air quits blowing or the system won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for several days.

When your air conditioner goes out in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you may not have time to call around for multiple quotes or research average costs. Not knowing how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioner service expert shows up can be unnerving, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be caught off guard when Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning comes 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 a leak test is needed, 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 the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re not confident, you can ask your air conditioning repair technician to show you their process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the issue may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your AC could be priced 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 traditional thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you decide on, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Fortunately, the latest thermostats could pay back their investment in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still only a few years old or you decide to repair your older AC instead of buying an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will probably 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 AC system.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to examine the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing the fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement might run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with standard repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers require the contractor to keep the part for two to four months and may require the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, like a compressor, are included in this process but these larger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Remember that these costs are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the specific issues with your system, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been getting yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit has just plain given up and replacement is more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you want to find out more or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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