How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system help you to stay comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health when we’re here in the extreme temperatures of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or your air conditioner won’t come on at all, you’re not able to call around for several days.

When your AC dies in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you don’t always have time to look around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much it may cost when the air conditioning service expert shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here to show you some price ranges on some basic 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 where the leak is, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what actually requires repair, a regular 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 unsure, always ask your AC repair technician to walk you through his or her process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the problem may be beyond the air conditioner 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 be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you decide on, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Fortunately, the latest thermostats could pay back their investment in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still only a couple years old or you decide to repair your older equipment instead of investing in an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can cost 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 good to weigh the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioner versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing the fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement might be between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common confusion is that if a part replacement is required, 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 will be your responsibility. Even with standard repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to hold the part for 60-120 days and may ask the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but those types of repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these costs are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your system, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been receiving 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 read 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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