How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?
Not only does air conditioning keep you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity during the extreme temperatures of summer. As a result, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to call around for more than a couple days.
When your air conditioning goes out in the heat of the summer, you don’t always have time to call around for different quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not knowing how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioner service technician arrives can be scary, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some common services so you won’t be surprised when Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing arrives to get you cooling again.
- Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 – $500
- AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 – $1300
- Thermostat Replacement: $200 – $500
- Capacitor Replacement: $250 – $350
- Contactor Replacement: $150 – $350
- AC Fan Motor Replacement: $500 – $1200
Refrigerant Leak Detection and Repair
Depending on the accessibility of the leak, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what actually requires repair, 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, always ask your AC repair professional to show you their process and review their findings.
AC Circuit Board Replacement
At times the culprit may be beyond the A/C system 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 be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you go with, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the latest thermostats could pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, provided they are programmed properly.
Capacitor or Contactor Replacement
If your air conditioner is still young or you want to repair your older AC instead of investing in an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 – $350. These repairs are two of the most typical for your air conditioner.
AC Fan Motor Replacement
Again, it’s always good to examine the pros and cons of choosing to repair 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 option for you, a fan motor replacement could run you between $500 and $1200.
NOTE: Part repair under warranty
A common confusion is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with standard repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to keep the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may ask the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these larger repairs have ancillary 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 continue have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.
Some of our Membership Plans include parts and labor coverage that functions alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to shield you from surprise repair expenses.
Always understand that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the particular issues with your AC, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been getting regular maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit is pretty much dead and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you would like more information or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 24/7/365.
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