Not only does air conditioning make you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health through the extreme temperatures of summer. As a result, when the cool air quits blowing or your AC won’t start up at all, you’re not able to shop around for more than a couple days.
When your AC goes out in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to call around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not having an idea how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioning service technician knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here with several price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be surprised when Comfortech Service Experts comes to get you cooling again.
- Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 - $500
- AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 - $1300
- Thermostat Replacement: $200 - $500
- Capacitor Replacement: $250 - $350
- Contactor Replacement: $150 - $350
- AC Fan Motor Replacement: $500 - $1200
Refrigerant Leak Detection and Repair
Depending on where the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what exactly needs to be repaired, a typical 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 walk you through their process and go over their findings.
AC Circuit Board Replacement
Sometimes the issue may be beyond the air conditioner 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 cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally 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 install a new one. Fortunately, the newer thermostats might pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed accordingly.
Capacitor or Contactor Replacement
If your AC is still young or you choose to repair your older equipment instead of purchasing an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most standard for your air conditioner.
A/C Fan Motor Replacement
Again, it’s always important to review the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioner versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing the fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement might run you between $500 and $1200.
NOTE: Part repair under warranty
A common misunderstanding is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with standard repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers require the contractor to hold the part for two to four months and may make 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 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 continue have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.
Remember that these prices are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the actual issues with your system, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been receiving annual maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit has seen its last summer and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you want to find out more or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Comfortech Service Experts 24/7/365.