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 through the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, when the cool air quits blowing or the system won’t come on at all, you’re not able to call around for several days.

When your air conditioning breaks down in the middle of the summer, you might not have time to shop around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not having an idea how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service technician knocks on your door can be unnerving, so we’re here to show you a few price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be surprised when D & K Heating 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 where the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what actually demands repair, a regular 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 unsure, always ask your AC repair professional to walk you through the process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the problem may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your system could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you decide on, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Fortunately, the newer thermostats might pay back their investment in energy management savings, provided 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 equipment instead of investing in an energy-efficient A/C system 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.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

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

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with common repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to hold the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, such as a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these larger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through 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.

Keep in mind that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the actual issues with your AC, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been receiving yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit has just plain given up and replacement is more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you want to find out more or ever need expert AC repair, call D & K Heating Service Experts 24/7/365.

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