How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning make you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity during the heat of summer. As a result, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system won’t start up at all, you’re don’t have time to look around for more than a couple days.

When your AC breaks down in the heat of the summer, you don’t always have time to call around for different quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not knowing how much it may cost when the air conditioning service expert arrives can be scary, so we’re here to show you some price ranges on some common services so you won’t be shocked 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what actually needs to be repaired, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re not confident, always ask your air conditioning repair professional to show you his or her process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the issue may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. 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 interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you go with, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Fortunately, the newest thermostats may pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still young or you decide to repair your older AC instead of investing in an energy-efficient AC 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 good to weigh the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioner versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception is that if a part replacement is required, 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 will be your responsibility. Even with typical repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers require the contractor to hold the part for 60-120 days and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, such as a compressor, also require this process but these larger repairs have additional 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 always have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans carry parts and labor coverage that functions alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from unexpected repair costs.

Always understand that these prices are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the particular issues with your AC, the age of your system, 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 AC has seen its last summer and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you would like more information or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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