How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system make you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health when we’re here in the dog days of summer. For that reason, 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 air conditioning goes out in the heat 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 air conditioning service technician shows up can be intimidating, 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.

  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 it requires a leak test, and what actually demands repair, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re unsure, always ask your air conditioning repair technician to walk you through 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 run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

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 go with, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats could pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still only a few years old or you want to repair your older system instead of purchasing 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 repairing your current AC system versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing this part is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement might 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 through the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with common repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, 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, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but those types of repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will always have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the specific 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 would like more information or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Barlow Service Experts 24/7/365.

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