How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system help you to stay comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health when we’re here in the heat of summer. Unfortunately, when the chilly air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t start up at all, you’re not in a position to look around for a few days.

When your AC goes out in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you may not have time to look around for multiple quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the AC 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 shocked when Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning arrives 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what actually demands repair, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, you can ask your air conditioning repair professional to guide 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 be in need of replacing. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your equipment could be priced 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 basic thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you decide on, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the latest thermostats could pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still young or you decide to repair your older equipment instead of investing in an energy-efficient AC 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 air conditioner.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to weigh the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current AC system versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. 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 confusion 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 additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with typical repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, are encompassed in this process but these larger repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will always have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans have parts and labor coverage that works with the manufacturer’s warranty to protect you from unexpected repair bills.

Always understand that these costs are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the particular issues with your system, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been getting annual maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has just plain given up and replacement seems 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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