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 during the dog days of summer. As a result, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to call around for several days.

When your air conditioner goes out in the middle of the summer, you might not have time to look around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service tech shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here to show you a few price ranges on some common services so you won’t be surprised when Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning comes to get you up and running 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 a leak test is required, and what actually needs to be repaired, a normal 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 conditioner repair technician to walk you through the process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on your AC make and model, 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 usually cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you choose, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the latest thermostats may pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still only a few years old or you choose to repair your older system instead of investing in an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most standard for your air conditioning system.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to consider the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current AC system versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement might be between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common confusion is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with standard repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Also, 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, also require this process but those types of 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 out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Keep in mind that these costs are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the specific issues with your system, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been having annual maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has seen its last summer and replacement is more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you want to find out more or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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