How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health through the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the cold air quits blowing or the system won’t turn on at all, you’re not in a position to look around for several days.

When your AC goes out in the heat of the summer, you might not have time to call around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not being sure how much you can expect to pay when the AC service expert knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here to show you some 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 exactly requires repair, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing 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 expert to show you their process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the AC equipment 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 have a new on installed. Luckily, the newest thermostats might 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 probably cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most typical for your AC system.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible 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 there is a part that needs to be replaced, 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 typical repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers require the contractor to keep the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, such as a compressor, also require this process but these bigger repairs have ancillary 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 continue have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Keep in mind that these costs are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your system, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been having annual maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC is pretty much dead and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to look at 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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