How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system help you to stay comfortable, it’s also a health necessity during the extreme temperatures of summer. As a result, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system won’t start up at all, you’re not able to call around for a few days.

When your air conditioner goes out in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you don’t always have time to call around for multiple quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not having an idea how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service expert shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here with some price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be alarmed when Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning arrives to get you cool and comfortable 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 exactly requires repair, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, always ask your air conditioner repair professional to show you their 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 be in need of replacing. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your system could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you decide on, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats could pay back their cost in energy management savings, if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still only a few years old or you choose to repair your older AC instead of investing in an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most common for your AC system.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

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

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common confusion is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered through the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with common repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the company 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. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, are included in this process but these larger repairs have more supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will always have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these ranges are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the actual issues with your AC, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been having annual maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit has just plain given up and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

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

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