How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner make you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health through the dog days of summer. As a result, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or your air conditioner won’t turn on at all, you’re not able to shop around for a few days.

When your AC breaks down 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 repairs can cost when the AC service technician shows up can be unnerving, so we’re here to provide a few price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be surprised when Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning comes 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what actually requires repair, a normal 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 expert to show you the process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the issue may be beyond the A/C system 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 be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you go with, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Thanksfully, the latest thermostats could pay back their investment in energy management savings, if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still young or you decide to repair your older AC instead of buying an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most typical for your AC system.

A/C 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 AC system. If replacing your AC’s 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 the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with typical repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers require the contractor to hold the part for two to four months and may ask the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, such as a compressor, are included in this process but those types of repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will always have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these costs are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the actual issues with your system, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been having annual maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC is pretty much dead and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert AC repair, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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