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 quits blowing or your AC won’t turn on at all, you’re don’t have time to look around for several days.

When your AC dies in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you might not have time to look around for competing quotes or research average costs. Not having an idea how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioning service tech arrives can be unnerving, 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 shows up to get you cool and comfortable 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 a leak test is required, and what precisely requires repair, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, you can ask your AC repair technician to show you his or her process and review 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 your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your system could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you go with, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats might pay back their investment in energy management savings, if they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still young or you choose to repair your older equipment instead of purchasing an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most common for your air conditioning system.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to consider the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioner versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing this part is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement might cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with typical repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days and may make the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, a compressor for example, also require this process but those types of repairs have more 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 continue have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these costs are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the particular issues with your equipment, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been receiving regular maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system is pretty much dead and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to look at 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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