How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner keep you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity when we’re here in the dog days of summer. As a result, when the chilly air suddenly isn’t blowing or your air conditioner won’t turn on at all, you’re not able to look around for a few days.

When your air conditioning dies in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you might not have time to look around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioning service expert shows up can be scary, so we’re here to provide a few price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be caught off guard 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what actually demands 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 not confident, feel free to ask your AC repair expert to guide you through the process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the problem may be beyond the AC equipment 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 cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you decide on, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Fortunately, the newest thermostats may pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still young or you want to repair your older AC instead of purchasing an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most common for your AC system.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to review the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioner versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. 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 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 under the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with common repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers require the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, a compressor for example, are included in this process but those types of repairs have ancillary 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 continuously have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans allow for parts and labor coverage that works alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to guard you from surprise repair bills.

Keep in mind that these prices 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 system, and whether or not you’ve been receiving yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit is pretty much dead and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to read 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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