How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning keep you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity through the dog days of summer. As a result, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or your air conditioner won’t turn on at all, you’re don’t have time to call around for several days.

When your air conditioner breaks down in the heat of the summer, you might not have time to shop around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much it may cost when the air conditioner service technician arrives can be unnerving, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be shocked 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what actually requires repair, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re unsure, always ask your AC repair expert to show you their process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your AC 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 normally cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you go with, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the latest thermostats could pay back their cost in energy management savings, provided they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

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

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to assess the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing this part is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement may be between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if a part replacement is required, 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 typical repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers demand the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, like a compressor, are included in this process but these larger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continue have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Remember that these ranges are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your AC, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been getting annual maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system is pretty much dead and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.

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

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