How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

Not only does your AC system make you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity through the heat of summer. Unfortunately, when the cool air stops blowing or the system won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to call around for several days. 

When your AC breaks down in the middle of the summer, you might not have time to shop around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service tech knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here to show you some price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be caught off guard when Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 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 where the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what actually requires repair, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re unsure, always ask your air conditioner repair expert to walk you through their process and explain their findings. 

AC Circuit Board Replacement 

There are times when 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 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 standard thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you go with, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the newest thermostats may pay back their cost in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed properly. 

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement 

If your AC is still only a couple years old or you want to repair your older AC instead of buying an energy-efficient AC 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 two of the most typical for your AC system. 

A/C Fan Motor Replacement 

Again, it’s always responsible to consider the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement could run you between $500 and $1200. 

NOTE: Part repair under warranty 

A common misconception is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered under the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with standard repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers require the contractor to hold the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, a compressor for example, also require this process but these bigger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continue have to incur charges for the technician’s labor. 

Some of our Membership Plans have parts and labor coverage that work in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to protect you from surprise repair costs. 

Remember that these costs are estimates and costs can 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 getting yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has just plain given up 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 AC repair, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 24/7/365. 

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