How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning keep you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity through the heat of summer. For that reason, when the cold air quits blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to look around for a few days.

When your air conditioner dies in the heat of the summer, you might not have time to look around for competing quotes or research average costs. Not having an idea how much it may cost when the air conditioning service expert shows up can be unnerving, so we’re here to show you a few price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be surprised 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 it requires a leak test, and what precisely requires repair, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re not confident, feel free to ask your air conditioner repair expert to guide you through his or her process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the problem may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your equipment could run 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 what kind of thermostat you choose, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the newest thermostats may pay back their cost in energy management savings, if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still young or you choose to repair your older AC instead of buying an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most typical for your AC system.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to consider 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 decision for you, a fan motor replacement could be 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 under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many additional costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with typical repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to store the part for two to four months and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, a compressor for example, 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. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continuously have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these costs are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the actual issues with your system, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been receiving yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC is pretty much dead and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you want to find out more or ever need expert AC repair, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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