How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning make you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health through the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to call around for a few days.

When your AC dies in the heat of the summer, you don’t always have time to look around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the AC service expert shows up can be unnerving, so we’re here to provide several price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be shocked when Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air comes to get you cooling 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 where the leak is, whether or not it requires a leak test, 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 feeling uneasy, you can ask your AC repair technician to walk you through their process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the problem 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 equipment could be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you choose, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Thanksfully, the newest thermostats may 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 decide to repair your older system 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 important to examine the pros and cons of paying to repair your current AC system versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement might run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if a part replacement is required, 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, like a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to hold the part for 60-120 days and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, 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. Without 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 equipment, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been getting yearly maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system is pretty much dead and replacement seems 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 Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air 24/7/365.

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