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. Unfortunately, when the cold air stops blowing or your AC won’t turn on at all, you’re not in a position to call around for several days.

When your air conditioner goes out in the middle of the summer, you might not have time to call around for different quotes or research average costs. Not knowing how much you can expect to pay when the AC service tech shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here with several price ranges on some common services so you won’t be caught off guard 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 a leak test is needed, and what actually demands repair, an average 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 unsure, you can ask your AC repair expert to walk you through their process and go over 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 the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your equipment could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you go with, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the latest thermostats could pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

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

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to examine the pros and cons of paying to repair your current AC system versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing this part is the better choice 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 several additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, are encompassed in 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. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continue have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.

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

If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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