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 when we’re here in the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the chilly air stops blowing or the system won’t turn on at all, you’re not able to look around for several days.

When your air conditioning goes out in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to call around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not having an idea how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service tech 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 shocked when Strogen's Service Experts 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 actually requires repair, a regular 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 unsure, you can ask your air conditioning repair technician to show you their 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 choose, you’re probably going to pay 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 choose to repair your older system instead of purchasing an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most common for your air conditioner.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to assess the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system 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 run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common confusion is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many additional 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 demand the contractor to hold the part for 60-120 days and may make 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. Without a labor warranty you will continue have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans allow for parts and labor coverage that work with the manufacturer’s warranty to shield you from surprise repair expenses.

Remember that these prices are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the particular issues with your system, the age of your system, 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 is more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you want to find out more or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Strogen's Service Experts 24/7/365.

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