How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

Not only does your air conditioner help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the heat of summer. As a result, when the chilly air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system won’t turn on at all, you’re don’t have time to look around for several days. 

When your air conditioning dies in the middle of the summer, you might not have time to look around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the air conditioning service technician arrives can be unnerving, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some common services so you won’t be shocked when Stevenson Service Experts comes to get you cooling again. 

  1. Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 – $500 
  1. AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 – $1300 
  1. Thermostat Replacement: $200 – $500 
  1. Capacitor Replacement: $250 – $350 
  1. Contactor Replacement: $150 – $350 
  1. 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 required, 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 unsure, always ask your AC repair technician to show you the process and review their findings. 

AC Circuit Board Replacement 

There are times when the issue may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your equipment could cost 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 the type of thermostat you go with, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the latest thermostats might pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed correctly. 

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement 

If your air conditioner is still young or you want to repair your older equipment instead of buying an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 – $350. These repairs are some of the most typical for your AC system. 

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement 

Again, it’s always good to review the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioning equipment versus buying 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 a part replacement is required, that it is covered through 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, like a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to store the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may ask the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, also require this process but these bigger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor. 

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

Always understand that these costs 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 receiving regular maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system is pretty much dead and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide

If you have any questions or ever need expert AC repair, call Stevenson Service Experts 24/7/365. 

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