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 through the dog days of summer. For that reason, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system won’t start up at all, you’re not in a position to call around for a few days.

When your AC breaks down in the heat of the summer, you don’t always have time to shop around for different quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the AC service tech knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here to provide several price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be alarmed when Eveready Service Experts comes 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 where the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what exactly needs to be repaired, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, you can ask your AC repair expert to guide you through their process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the issue may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your system could run 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 traditional thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you go with, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats may pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still only a couple years old or you decide to repair your older AC instead of purchasing an energy-efficient air conditioning 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 typical for your AC system.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to weigh the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement may cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, 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 will be your responsibility. Even with typical repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the part for two to four months and may make the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, such as a compressor, are encompassed in 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. Without a labor warranty you will continue 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 protect you from sudden repair expenses.

Keep in mind that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your AC, how old your equipment is, 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 is pretty much dead and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Eveready Service Experts 24/7/365.

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