How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner keep you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health through the dog days of summer. As a result, when the chilly air stops blowing or your AC won’t turn on at all, you’re not in a position to look around for several days.

When your air conditioning 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 knowing how much it may cost when the air conditioning service expert arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide a few price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be shocked when All American Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning shows up 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what actually demands repair, a typical 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 conditioning repair professional to guide you through his or her process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the problem may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your equipment could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you decide on, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the newest thermostats might pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still young or you want to repair your older system instead of buying an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most standard for your air conditioner.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to consider the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus investing in 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 may run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to store the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may require the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, are included in this process but these bigger repairs have more 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 ranges are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the actual issues with your equipment, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been getting regular maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit has seen its last summer and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert AC repair, call All American Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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