How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system keep you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t turn on at all, you’re not in a position to call around for several days.

When your air conditioning dies in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you may not have time to call around for different quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not having an idea how much repairs can cost when the air conditioning service expert knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be caught off guard when Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning shows up 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what exactly 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, always ask your air conditioner repair technician to show you his or her process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the problem 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 looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you choose, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Luckily, the latest thermostats could pay back their cost 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 equipment instead of investing in an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most common for your air conditioner.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to review the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing the fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement could run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common confusion is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with typical repairs, for example, 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 keep the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may ask the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, like a compressor, are included in this process but these larger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continue have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Remember that these costs are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the specific issues with your system, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been receiving regular maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has just plain given up and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you would like more information or ever need expert AC repair, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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