How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health through the dog days of summer. As a result, when the chilly air stops blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to shop around for a few days.

When your air conditioning goes out in the heat of the summer, you don’t always have time to shop around for multiple quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not knowing how much it may cost when the air conditioner service expert knocks on your door can be unnerving, so we’re here to provide several price ranges on some common services so you won’t be alarmed 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 where the leak is, whether or not there needs to be 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 unsure, you can ask your air conditioner repair technician to walk you through their process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the issue may be beyond the A/C system 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 AC could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you go with, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Fortunately, the newest thermostats may 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 young or you want to repair your older system instead of purchasing 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 two of the most standard for your air conditioning system.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to weigh the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioner versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing the fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement may be between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered under 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 common repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers demand the contractor to store the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may require the contractor return the malfunctioned 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 continuously 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 you live, the particular issues with your system, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been receiving annual maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has seen its last summer and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

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

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