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 when we’re here in the dog days of summer. As a result, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or your air conditioner won’t turn on at all, you’re not in a position to look around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioning goes out in the heat of the summer, you might not have time to call around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not being sure how much it may cost when the air conditioner service technician arrives can be scary, 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 comes 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what precisely demands repair, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re unsure, you can ask your AC repair expert to show you the process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the problem may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your equipment could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you choose, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats could pay back their investment 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 choose to repair your older AC instead of purchasing an energy-efficient AC 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 two of the most typical for your air conditioning system.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to consider 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 this part is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could 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 several other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with standard repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers require the contractor to hold the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, a compressor for example, also require this process but these bigger repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans carry parts and labor coverage that works alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to protect you from surprise repair expenses.

Remember that these prices are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the actual issues with your AC, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been having regular maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit is pretty much dead and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to look at 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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