Not only does air conditioning make you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health through the extreme temperatures of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for a few days.
When your AC dies in the heat of the summer, you don’t always have time to call around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the air conditioning service expert shows up can be unnerving, so we’re here with several price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be shocked when Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air comes to get you up and running again.
- Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 - $500
- AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 - $1300
- Thermostat Replacement: $200 - $500
- Capacitor Replacement: $250 - $350
- Contactor Replacement: $150 - $350
- AC Fan Motor Replacement: $500 - $1200
Refrigerant Leak Detection and Repair
Depending on where the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what precisely requires repair, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re unsure, you can ask your AC repair technician to walk you through their process and review their findings.
AC Circuit Board Replacement
At times the issue may be beyond the AC equipment 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 system could be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you go with, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the newest thermostats might pay back their cost in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly.
Capacitor or Contactor Replacement
If your A/C system is still only a couple years old or you choose to repair your older equipment instead of buying an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will typically 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.
Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement
Again, it’s always responsible to examine the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioning equipment versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement might 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 by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with standard repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, a compressor for example, 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. Unless you have a labor warranty you will always have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.
Remember that these costs are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the particular issues with your system, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been getting annual maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has just plain given up and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you have any questions or ever need expert AC repair, call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air 24/7/365.