How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system help you to stay comfortable, it’s also a health necessity during the extreme temperatures of summer. Unfortunately, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t start up at all, you’re not able to call around for a few days.

When your air conditioner breaks down in the heat of the summer, you don’t always have time to shop around for competing quotes or research average costs. Not knowing how much repairs can cost when the AC service tech arrives can be scary, so we’re here to provide several price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be caught off guard when Levy & Son Service Experts shows up 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 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 the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re not confident, feel free to ask your air conditioning repair technician to walk you through the process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your system could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you decide on, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Fortunately, the latest thermostats could pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still only a couple years old or you decide to repair your older equipment instead of purchasing an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most typical for your AC system.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to consider the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing this part is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement might cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common confusion is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered by 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 common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers demand the contractor to keep the part for two to four months and may make the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, such as a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these bigger repairs have additional 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 always have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

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

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

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