How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

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

When your air conditioning breaks down in the heat of the summer, you might not have time to look around for competing quotes or research average costs. Not being sure how much it may cost when the air conditioning service tech knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be shocked when Fras-Air/General 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 there needs to be a leak test, and what exactly demands repair, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re not confident, always ask your AC repair technician to show you their process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the problem 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 standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you go with, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Fortunately, the latest thermostats might pay back their investment in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

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

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to assess the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioner versus purchasing 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 run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding 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 the warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to hold the part for 60-120 days and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, like 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 under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continuously have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these ranges are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your equipment, 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 system has seen its last summer and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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