How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system 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 don’t have time to look around for more than a couple days.

When your AC dies in the heat of the summer, you might not have time to look around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not knowing how much it may cost when the air conditioner service tech 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 a leak test is needed, and what precisely demands repair, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, you can ask your AC repair expert to show you the process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the problem may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your equipment could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you choose, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Thanksfully, the latest thermostats could pay back their cost 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 purchasing an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contactor 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 weigh the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current AC system versus investing in 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 additional costs that may not be covered under the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with standard repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Additionally, 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, 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 through 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.

Remember that these prices are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the actual issues with your AC, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been having regular maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit has just plain given up and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you would like more information or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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