How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner make you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the cold air quits blowing or your AC won’t turn on at all, you’re not in a position to call around for a few days.

When your air conditioner dies in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to shop around for different quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not knowing how much repairs can cost when the air conditioning service tech knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here to show you several price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be shocked when Roland J. Down Service Experts 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 it requires a leak test, and what actually requires repair, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re unsure, feel free to ask your air conditioner repair expert to walk you through his or her process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the issue may be beyond the A/C system 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 thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you choose, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the latest thermostats could pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

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

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to assess the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current AC system versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement may 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 several additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with common repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to hold the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may ask the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, such as a compressor, also require this process but these larger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continue have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

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

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the particular issues with your equipment, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been receiving yearly 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 looking 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 conditioning repair, call Roland J. Down Service Experts 24/7/365.

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