How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

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

When your AC goes out in the middle of the summer, you don’t always have time to look around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much it may cost when the air conditioning service tech shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here to show you several price ranges on some common services so you won’t be caught off guard 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 a leak test is needed, and what actually requires repair, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re unsure, always ask your air conditioner repair technician to guide you through the process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the air conditioner 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 run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you choose, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Luckily, the newest thermostats might pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

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

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to examine the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing the 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 misconception is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with common repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, such as a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these larger 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 incur charges for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans have parts and labor coverage that functions with the manufacturer’s warranty to shield you from surprise repair bills.

Always understand that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the particular issues with your system, how old your equipment is, 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 unit is pretty much dead and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to review 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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