How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

Not only does air conditioning help you to stay comfortable, it’s also a health necessity during the extreme temperatures of summer. As a result, when the chilly air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t start up at all, you’re not able to look around for more than a couple days. 

When your AC goes out in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you might not have time to look around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not knowing how much repairs can cost when the air conditioning service expert arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be surprised when Stevenson Service Experts comes to get you cool and comfortable 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 where the leak is, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what precisely demands repair, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re unsure, feel free to ask your AC repair professional to show you his or her process and explain their findings. 

AC Circuit Board Replacement 

There are times when 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 your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your system could be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300. 

Thermostat Replacement 

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

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement 

If your air conditioner is still only a few years old or you choose to repair your older system instead of investing in an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will most likely 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 AC system. 

AC Fan Motor Replacement 

Again, it’s always important to consider the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing this part is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could be 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 other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with standard repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers demand the contractor to keep the part for two to four months and may ask the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, like a compressor, are included in this process but those types of repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor. 

Some of our Membership Plans have parts and labor coverage that functions in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to shield you from sudden repair bills. 

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the particular issues with your AC, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been having yearly maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC is pretty much dead and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide

If you would like more information or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Stevenson Service Experts 24/7/365. 

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