How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the dog days of summer. As a result, when the chilly air quits blowing or the system won’t turn on at all, you’re don’t have time to look around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioning goes out in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to call around for multiple quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not having an idea how much it may cost when the air conditioning service expert arrives can be scary, so we’re here to provide a few price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be alarmed when Service Experts Commercial HVAC shows up 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 where the leak is, whether or not a leak test is required, and what precisely requires repair, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re not confident, always ask your air conditioning repair technician to walk you through their process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

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

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you choose, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the latest thermostats might pay back their investment in energy management savings, if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still young or you want to repair your older AC instead of purchasing an energy-efficient air conditioning 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 a couple of the most standard for your air conditioner.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to assess the pros and cons of paying to repair your current AC system versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could be 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 by 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 common repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Also, 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, such as a compressor, are included 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. Without a labor warranty you will continue have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these prices are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the specific issues with your AC, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been receiving yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has seen its last summer and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you would like more information or ever need expert AC repair, call Service Experts Commercial HVAC 24/7/365.

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