How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner make you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity during the heat of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air quits blowing or the system won’t turn on at all, you’re not able to call around for several days.

When your air conditioning dies in the middle of the summer, you don’t always have time to shop around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not having an idea how much repairs can cost when the AC service expert shows up can be scary, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be surprised when Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning arrives 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what precisely demands repair, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re unsure, feel free to ask your air conditioning repair professional to walk you through his or her process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the problem may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, 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 usually cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you choose, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats might pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still only a couple years old or you decide to repair your older AC instead of buying an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most standard for your air conditioning system.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

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

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered under the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with typical repairs, like 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 demand the contractor to store the part for two to four months and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, like a compressor, also require this process but these bigger 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 out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans introduce parts and labor coverage that works in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to guard you from sudden repair bills.

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and they can often 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 annual maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC is pretty much dead and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

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

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