How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning make you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health through the dog days of summer. For that reason, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or your air conditioner won’t come on at all, you’re not able to shop around for a few days.

When your AC goes out 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 knowing how much repairs can cost when the AC service tech knocks on your door can be unnerving, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some common services so you won’t be surprised when Air Engineers Service Experts 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 required, and what precisely needs to be repaired, 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 feeling uneasy, feel free to ask your air conditioner repair professional to walk you through their process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the issue may be beyond the air conditioner 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 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 standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you choose, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats could pay back their investment in energy management savings, if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still only a couple years old or you choose to repair your older equipment instead of buying an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will probably 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 important to weigh the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement may cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception 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 under 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 hold the part for 60-120 days and may make the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, such as 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 pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these prices are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the specific issues with your AC, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been getting annual maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C 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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