How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner keep you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health when we’re here in the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to look around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioner breaks down in the middle of the summer, you don’t always have time to call around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not being sure how much you can expect to pay when the AC service technician shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here to show you a few price ranges on some common 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what precisely requires repair, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing 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 the process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times 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 you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your AC could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you go with, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats might pay back their cost in energy management savings, if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still young or you decide to repair your older equipment instead of buying an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most typical for your air conditioning system.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to consider the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement may run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common confusion is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers demand the contractor to hold the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, such as a compressor, are included in this process but these bigger repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continuously have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.

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

Always understand that these prices are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the actual issues with your AC, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been receiving 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 seems 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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