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 during the heat of summer. As a result, when the chilly air quits blowing or your AC won’t turn on at all, you’re don’t have time to call around for several days.

When your air conditioning dies in the middle of the summer, you don’t always have time to call around for competing quotes or research average costs. Not knowing how much you can expect to pay when the AC service technician arrives 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 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 a leak test is needed, and what exactly needs to be repaired, a normal 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 unsure, feel free to 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 cost 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 traditional 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 may pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still young or you want to repair your older system instead of investing in an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can cost 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 important to examine 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 cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding 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 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 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 make the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Larger 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 under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continue have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Keep in mind 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 AC’s health 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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