How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning make you 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 turn on at all, you’re not in a position to call around for several 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 average costs. Not knowing how much repairs can cost when the air conditioning service tech knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here with several price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be alarmed when Eveready 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what exactly requires repair, a regular 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 AC repair technician to guide you through his or her 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 need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, 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 standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you choose, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats might pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still only a couple years old or you choose 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 air conditioner.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to weigh the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. 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 misconception is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with typical repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the part for two to four months and may require the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Larger 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. Unless you have a labor warranty you will always have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your AC, the age of your system, 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 is pretty much dead and replacement is looking 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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