How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner keep you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the dog days 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 air conditioning breaks down in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you may not have time to shop around for multiple quotes or research average costs. Not having an idea how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioning service technician shows up can be scary, so we’re here to show you some price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be caught off guard when Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning arrives to get you up and running 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 how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re unsure, always ask your AC repair technician to show you their process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the air conditioner 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 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 usually cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you go with, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Fortunately, the newer thermostats might pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed properly.

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 probably cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most standard for your AC system.

A/C 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 this part is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement may be 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 contractor 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 require the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these larger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without 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 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 seems more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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