How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system keep you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity when we’re here in the extreme temperatures of summer. As a result, when the cold air stops blowing or the system won’t start up at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioning goes out in the heat of the summer, you may not have time to shop around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not knowing how much it may cost when the air conditioner service expert shows up can be unnerving, so we’re here with some price ranges on some common services so you won’t be caught off guard when Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning shows up 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not a leak test is required, and what precisely demands repair, a normal 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 not confident, feel free to ask your AC repair professional to walk you through the process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your equipment could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you go with, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Fortunately, the latest thermostats could pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still young or you want to repair your older system instead of purchasing an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most typical for your AC system.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to review the pros and cons of paying to repair your current AC system versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing this part is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement may be between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

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 by the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with standard repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers demand the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days and may make the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, are included in this process but these bigger repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continue have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans allow for parts and labor coverage that functions with the manufacturer’s warranty to guard you from unexpected repair bills.

Always understand that these prices are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your AC, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been having yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit has seen its last summer and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you would like more information or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.