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 stops blowing or the system 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 may not have time to call 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 technician arrives can be scary, so we’re here to show you a few price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be shocked when Climate Control Service Experts arrives 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 there needs to be a leak test, and what precisely needs to be repaired, 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 unsure, you can ask your air conditioning repair expert to walk you through their process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the problem may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your equipment could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you choose, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. 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 young or you choose to repair your older AC instead of investing in an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most standard for your AC system.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to review the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus investing in 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 under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with typical 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. Additionally, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may ask the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, such as a compressor, also require 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 pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans carry parts and labor coverage that functions in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from surprise repair bills.

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the actual issues with your system, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been having annual maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC 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 24/7/365.

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