How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning keep you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity during the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the chilly air quits blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to shop around for several days.

When your air conditioner dies in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you don’t always have time to look around for multiple quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much it may cost when the air conditioner service expert arrives can be unnerving, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be shocked when 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 where the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what actually requires repair, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you 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 expert to walk you through his or her process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the problem may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, 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 which style of thermostat you decide on, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Fortunately, the newer thermostats could pay back their cost in energy management savings, provided they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still young 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 contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple 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 AC system versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. 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 there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered by 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 this warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers require the contractor to hold the part for two to four months and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, such as 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. Without a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans have parts and labor coverage that functions alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to shield you from unexpected repair costs.

Remember that these costs 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 yearly maintenance to maintain the AC’s health 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.

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