How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner keep you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health during the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the chilly air quits blowing or your AC won’t turn on at all, you’re not able to look around for several days.

When your air conditioning dies in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to look around for different quotes or research average costs. Not having an idea how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service technician knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here to show you several price ranges on some common services so you won’t be caught off guard when Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning shows up to get you cool and comfortable 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what exactly needs to be repaired, a regular 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 feeling uneasy, you can ask your air conditioning repair expert to show you his or her process and explain 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 the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your AC could be priced 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 basic thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you go with, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Luckily, the newer thermostats might pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still only a couple years old or you decide to repair your older system instead of investing in an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most common for your air conditioner.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to assess the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing the fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could be between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common confusion is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many 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 contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers require the contractor to hold the part for two to four months and may require the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, a compressor for example, are encompassed in this process but these bigger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will always have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Remember that these costs are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the specific issues with your system, 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 has just plain given up and replacement is more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you want to find out more or ever need expert AC repair, call Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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