How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the heat of summer. Unfortunately, when the chilly air quits blowing or the system won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to shop around for several days.

When your air conditioner goes out in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you might not have time to look around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not having an idea how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioning service tech knocks on your door can be unnerving, so we’re here to provide several price ranges on some common services so you won’t be caught off guard when Golden Seal Service Experts comes to get you cool and comfortable 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 demands repair, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re not confident, feel free to ask your air conditioner repair professional to walk you through their process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the problem 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 equipment could be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you choose, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Fortunately, the newer thermostats might pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, if they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still only a few years old or you want to repair your older equipment instead of purchasing an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most standard for your air conditioner.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to weigh the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioner versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement might be between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with typical repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to keep the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, such as a compressor, also require this process but those types of repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continuously have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans introduce parts and labor coverage that works with the manufacturer’s warranty to protect you from unexpected repair costs.

Remember that these costs are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the particular issues with your system, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been getting yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit is pretty much dead and replacement is 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 Golden Seal Service Experts 24/7/365.

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