How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner keep you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity when we’re here in the heat of summer. As a result, when the chilly air quits blowing or your air conditioner won’t come on at all, you’re not able to look around for a few days.

When your AC breaks down in the heat of the summer, you may not have time to shop around for multiple quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not having an idea how much you can expect to pay when the AC service technician arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here to show you some price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be caught off guard when Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning shows up 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 actually demands repair, an average 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 feeling uneasy, feel free to ask your AC repair technician to show you their process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the culprit 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 system could be priced 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 standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you go with, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Fortunately, the newer thermostats may pay back their cost in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still only a couple years old or you want to repair your older AC instead of buying an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will most likely 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 conditioner.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to assess the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing the fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement could run you 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 under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with common repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to keep the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may make the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, such as a compressor, are encompassed in this process but those types of repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continue have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these ranges are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the specific issues with your system, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been receiving yearly 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 look at our air conditioner pricing guide.

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

Contact Us