How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

Not only does your air conditioner help you to stay comfortable, it’s also a health necessity when we’re here in the dog days of summer. For that reason, when the chilly air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system won’t start up at all, you’re not in a position to shop around for a few days. 

When your air conditioning goes out in the heat of the summer, you may not have time to look around for competing quotes or research average costs. Not having an idea how much you can expect to pay when the AC service technician arrives can be scary, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be surprised when Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning comes to get you up and running again. 

  1. Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 – $500 
  1. AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 – $1300 
  1. Thermostat Replacement: $200 – $500 
  1. Capacitor Replacement: $250 – $350 
  1. Contactor Replacement: $150 – $350 
  1. AC Fan Motor Replacement: $500 – $1200 

Refrigerant Leak Detection and Repair 

Depending on the accessibility of the leak, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what actually demands repair, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re unsure, feel free to ask your air conditioner repair expert to walk you through his or her process and go over their findings. 

AC Circuit Board Replacement 

At times the issue may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. 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 interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you choose, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the latest thermostats could pay back their cost in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed accordingly. 

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement 

If your air conditioner is still only a couple years old or you decide to repair your older system instead of buying an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 – $350. These repairs are some of the most typical for your air conditioning system. 

AC Fan Motor Replacement 

Again, it’s always important to weigh the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioning equipment versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing this part is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could cost between $500 and $1200. 

NOTE: Part repair under warranty 

A common confusion is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with typical repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to hold the part for 60-120 days and may make the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these larger repairs have additional 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 out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor. 

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

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the particular issues with your equipment, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been getting annual maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has just plain given up and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide

If you want to find out more or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning 24/7/365. 

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