How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system make you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health during the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t turn on at all, you’re not able to shop around for several days.

When your air conditioner breaks down in the heat of the summer, you may not have time to shop around for competing quotes or research average costs. Not knowing how much repairs can cost when the AC service technician arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here with several price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be caught off guard when Levy & Son Service Experts arrives 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 normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is 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 be in need of replacing. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your equipment could cost 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 standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you decide on, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Fortunately, the newer thermostats could pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still only a couple years old or you decide to repair your older equipment instead of purchasing an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contractor 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 weigh the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. 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 a part replacement is required, that it is covered under 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, 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. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to hold the part for two to four months and may make the contractor return the bad 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. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continue have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

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

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the specific 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 is pretty much dead and replacement is looking 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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