How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health during the heat of summer. As a result, when the chilly air quits blowing or your AC won’t start up at all, you’re not in a position to look around for more than a couple days.

When your AC 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 AC service expert shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here with some price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be alarmed when arrives 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not a leak test is required, and what precisely needs to be repaired, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing 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 expert to show you his or her process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the issue may be beyond the AC equipment 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 run 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 standard thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you go with, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the newer thermostats may pay back their cost in energy management savings, provided they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still only a few years old or you want to repair your older AC instead of purchasing an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will probably 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 AC system. 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 misunderstanding is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your responsibility. 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 make the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, such as a compressor, also require this process but these larger repairs have ancillary 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 pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

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

Keep in mind that these costs are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the particular issues with your AC, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been receiving annual 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 look at our air conditioner pricing guide.

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