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 through the heat of summer. For that reason, when the cool air stops blowing or the system won’t turn on at all, you’re not able to shop around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioner goes out in the heat of the summer, you don’t always have time to look around for different quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much you can expect to pay when the AC service technician knocks on your door can be unnerving, so we’re here with some price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be shocked 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what precisely needs to be repaired, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, you can ask your air conditioning repair technician to guide you through the process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the issue may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, 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 normally cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you go with, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the latest thermostats could pay back their investment in energy management savings, if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

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

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to assess the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioner versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement may run you 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 through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered through the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with standard repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive 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 bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, such as a compressor, also require this process but these bigger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will continue have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans have parts and labor coverage that work in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from surprise repair expenses.

Keep in mind that these costs are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the particular issues with your system, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been receiving annual maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has just plain given up 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 air conditioning repair, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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