How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner help you to stay comfortable, it’s also a health necessity during the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the cold air quits blowing or your AC won’t start up at all, you’re don’t have time to call around for a few days.

When your air conditioner goes out in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to shop around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the AC service technician knocks on your door can be intimidating, 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 Heating & Air Conditioning 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 actually needs to be repaired, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, always ask your air conditioner repair expert to show you 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 system could run 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 which style of thermostat you choose, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Fortunately, the latest thermostats could pay back their cost in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still young 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 contactor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most standard for your air conditioner.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to review the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioning equipment 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 could be 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 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 company still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to keep the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may ask the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, like 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 under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will continue have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and they can often 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 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 Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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