Not only does your AC system make you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health during the heat of summer. Unfortunately, when the chilly air quits blowing or your air conditioner won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to look around for a few days.
When your AC goes out in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you might not have time to shop around for multiple quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much you can expect to pay when the AC service technician shows up can be scary, so we’re here to provide several price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be caught off guard when Barlow Service Experts comes to get you cool and comfortable again.
- Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 - $500
- AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 - $1300
- Thermostat Replacement: $200 - $500
- Capacitor Replacement: $250 - $350
- Contactor Replacement: $150 - $350
- 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 needed, and what actually demands repair, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re unsure, always ask your air conditioning repair technician to show you the process and explain their findings.
AC Circuit Board Replacement
At times the culprit may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your equipment could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you choose, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the latest thermostats could pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, provided they are programmed properly.
Capacitor or Contactor Replacement
If your A/C system is still young or you want to repair your older equipment instead of investing in an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most standard for your air conditioning system.
Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement
Again, it’s always good to assess the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing the fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement might 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 through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered through the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with typical repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to keep the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may make the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in 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. 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 carry parts and labor coverage that works with the manufacturer’s warranty to guard you from surprise repair bills.
Keep in mind that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the particular issues with your equipment, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been getting yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has seen its last summer and replacement is more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Barlow Service Experts 24/7/365.