How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

Not only does your air conditioner make you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity when we’re here in the dog days of summer. For that reason, when the chilly air stops blowing or your air conditioner won’t start up at all, you’re not in a position to call around for more than a couple days. 

When your AC dies in the middle of the summer, you don’t always have time to call around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not having an idea how much repairs can cost when the AC service tech shows up can be scary, so we’re here to show you a few price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be alarmed when Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing arrives 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 where the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what actually needs to be repaired, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re unsure, always ask your AC repair technician to walk you through his or her process and review their findings. 

AC Circuit Board Replacement 

There are times when the issue may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, 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 typically cost more than a traditional 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 get it installed. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats might pay back their cost in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed properly. 

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement 

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

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement 

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

NOTE: Part repair under warranty 

A common confusion is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with typical repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to store the part for two to four months and may make the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, like a compressor, are included 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 continue have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor. 

Some of our Membership Plans carry parts and labor coverage that work alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to guard you from surprise repair bills. 

Remember that these costs are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the specific issues with your AC, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been receiving annual maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has just plain given up and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide

If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 24/7/365. 

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