How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system make you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity when we’re here in the extreme temperatures of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air stops blowing or your AC won’t start up at all, you’re not able to look around for more than a couple days.

When your AC breaks down in the heat of the summer, you might not have time to look around for different quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much it may cost when the AC service technician knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be caught off guard when Fras-Air/General Service Experts 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 where the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what actually demands repair, an average 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 not confident, always ask your air conditioning repair expert to walk you through their process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the issue may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may require replacement. 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 looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you choose, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Fortunately, the latest thermostats might pay back their investment in energy management savings, if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still only a few years old or you want to repair your older system instead of buying 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 a couple of the most typical for your air conditioner.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to review the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioner versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing your AC’s 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 misconception is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with standard repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, such as a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these larger repairs have more supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans include parts and labor coverage that functions in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to shield you from unexpected repair expenses.

Always understand that these ranges are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the particular issues with your system, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been getting annual maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has seen its last summer and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you would like more information or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Fras-Air/General Service Experts 24/7/365.

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