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 through the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the cool air quits blowing or the system won’t turn on at all, you’re don’t have time to look around for a few days.

When your air conditioning dies in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you might not have time to call around for different quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not being sure how much it may cost when the air conditioning service expert knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here to show you a few price ranges on some common services so you won’t be alarmed when Strand Brothers Service Experts comes to get you cool and comfortable 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 needs to be repaired, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re unsure, always ask your AC repair technician to show you their process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the culprit may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your AC could be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you decide on, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Luckily, the newest thermostats may pay back their investment in energy management savings, if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still young or you choose to repair your older AC instead of purchasing an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most common for your air conditioner.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to examine the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioning equipment versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement could be between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception 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 under the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers demand the contractor to keep the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may make the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Greater 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. Unless you have a labor warranty you will always have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans carry parts and labor coverage that works alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from sudden repair expenses.

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the specific issues with your system, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been having yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has just plain given up and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you would like more information or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Strand Brothers Service Experts 24/7/365.

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