Not only does your air conditioner help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health through the extreme temperatures of summer. As a result, when the chilly air quits blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re not able to shop around for more than a couple days.
When your air conditioner breaks down in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to shop around for multiple quotes or research average costs. Not knowing how much it may cost when the AC service expert knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here to show you a few price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be caught off guard when Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing comes to get you up and running again.
Depending on where the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what exactly needs to be repaired, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re feeling uneasy, you can ask your AC repair expert to guide you through the process and explain their findings.
At times the culprit may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your AC could be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually 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 have a new on installed. Fortunately, the latest thermostats might pay back their cost in energy management savings, if they are programmed correctly.
If your A/C system is still young or you want to repair your older system instead of investing in an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 – $350. These repairs are two of the most typical for your air conditioning system.
Again, it’s always important to assess the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current AC system versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing this part is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement may be between $500 and $1200.
A common confusion is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with common repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may require the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but those types of repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will continue have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.
Some of our Membership Plans introduce parts and labor coverage that functions alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from surprise repair bills.
Always understand that these costs are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the actual issues with your system, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been receiving yearly maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has seen its last summer and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you want to find out more or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 24/7/365.
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