How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health through the extreme temperatures of summer. As a result, when the cool air stops blowing or your AC won’t turn on 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 average costs. Not having an idea how much it may cost when the AC service technician knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide several price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be surprised when Comfortech Service Experts comes 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 where the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what exactly requires repair, 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 feeling uneasy, always ask your AC repair technician to walk you through his or her 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.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you decide on, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Luckily, the latest thermostats may pay back their cost in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still only a few years old or you decide to repair your older system instead of investing in an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will most likely 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.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to assess the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioner versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing this part is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement might be between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. 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 keep the part for 60-120 days and may make the contractor return the malfunctioned 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 always have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans include parts and labor coverage that work with the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from unexpected repair expenses.

Remember that these costs are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the actual issues with your equipment, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been receiving yearly 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 is looking 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.

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