How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

Not only does air conditioning make you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health during the dog days of summer. For that reason, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for more than a couple days. 

When your air conditioner goes out in the middle of the summer, you might not have time to call around for multiple quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not knowing how much it may cost when the air conditioner service expert shows up can be unnerving, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be caught off guard when Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing shows up to get you cooling 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 it requires a leak test, and what precisely demands repair, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re not confident, you can ask your air conditioning repair professional to guide you through his or her process and go over their findings. 

AC Circuit Board Replacement 

There are times when the culprit may be beyond the air conditioner 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 AC could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300. 

Thermostat Replacement 

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely 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 install a new one. Fortunately, the newest thermostats could pay back their cost in energy management savings, provided they are programmed properly. 

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement 

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

AC Fan Motor Replacement 

Again, it’s always good to consider the pros and cons of paying to repair your current AC system versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing the fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement could cost between $500 and $1200. 

NOTE: Part repair under warranty 

A common misconception is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many additional costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with common repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, also require this process but these bigger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor. 

Some of our Membership Plans allow for parts and labor coverage that works alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to guard you from surprise repair expenses. 

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 air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been getting yearly maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has seen its last summer and replacement is more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide

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

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