How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

Not only does your AC system keep you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health during the dog days of summer. For that reason, when the chilly air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t turn on at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for a few days. 

When your AC dies in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you may not have time to look around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not knowing how much it may cost when the air conditioning service tech knocks on your door can be unnerving, so we’re here to provide a few price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be surprised when Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing arrives to get you cool and comfortable 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what precisely demands repair, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re unsure, feel free to ask your air conditioning repair technician to show you their process and review their findings. 

AC Circuit Board Replacement 

Sometimes the problem may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your system could be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300. 

Thermostat Replacement 

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you choose, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Fortunately, the latest thermostats might pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed properly. 

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement 

If your A/C system is still young or you decide to repair your older equipment instead of investing in an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 – $350. These repairs are some of the most typical for your air conditioner. 

A/C Fan Motor Replacement 

Again, it’s always important to weigh the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing the 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 the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with standard repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these bigger repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will continuously have to incur charges for the technician’s labor. 

Some of our Membership Plans introduce parts and labor coverage that works in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from surprise repair bills. 

Always understand that these costs are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the particular issues with your AC, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been getting annual maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit is pretty much dead and replacement is more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide

If you want to find out more or ever need expert AC repair, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 24/7/365. 

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