How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning keep you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health during the extreme temperatures of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air quits blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re not able to look around for several days.

When your air conditioner breaks down in the heat of the summer, you don’t always have time to look around for different quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not having an idea how much it may cost when the AC service technician shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here to show you some price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be shocked when Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning arrives 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what precisely requires repair, a typical 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 feeling uneasy, you can ask your AC repair technician to show you their process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times 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 looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically 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 newer thermostats could pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still only a few years old or you choose to repair your older AC instead of purchasing an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most standard for your AC system.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to assess the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement may cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common confusion is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor 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 store the part for two to four months and may ask the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, like a compressor, also require this process but those types of 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 always have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Keep in mind that these costs are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the actual issues with your equipment, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been having yearly maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has just plain given up and replacement is more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

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

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