How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner keep you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health when we’re here in the extreme temperatures of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or your air conditioner won’t start up at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioning goes out in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to shop around for different quotes or research average costs. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the air conditioning service expert arrives can be scary, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be surprised when Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning comes 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 where the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what actually requires repair, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re unsure, feel free to ask your air conditioning repair professional to guide you through the 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 be in need of replacing. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your AC could cost 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 traditional thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you go with, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Fortunately, the latest thermostats might pay back their cost in energy management savings, if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still young or you decide to repair your older equipment 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 two of the most standard for your air conditioning system.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to examine the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioner versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement could cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with typical repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may ask the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in 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. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continue have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans allow for parts and labor coverage that works in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from sudden repair bills.

Remember that these prices are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the specific issues with your equipment, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been getting yearly maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC is pretty much dead and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you want to find out more or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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