How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system help you to stay comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health through the heat of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or your air conditioner won’t come on at all, you’re not able to call around for a few days.

When your air conditioning dies in the middle of the summer, you might not have time to shop around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the AC service technician knocks on your door can be unnerving, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some common services so you won’t be surprised when Air Engineers Service Experts comes 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 a leak test is required, and what precisely requires repair, an average 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 professional to show you his or her process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the issue may be beyond the air conditioner 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 be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you go with, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats could pay back their investment in energy management savings, provided they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still only a couple years old or you decide to repair your older equipment instead of buying an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will most likely 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.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to consider the pros and cons of paying to repair your current AC system versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement could cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered by the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with common 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. Also, all manufacturers require the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days and may make the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, like a compressor, also require this process but these bigger repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continuously have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans include parts and labor coverage that functions with the manufacturer’s warranty to shield you from unexpected repair costs.

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

If you would like more information or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Air Engineers Service Experts 24/7/365.

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