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. For that reason, when the cold air stops 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 different 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 arrives 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what exactly demands repair, a normal 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 feeling uneasy, 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 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 system could cost 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 traditional 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 install a new one. Fortunately, the newer thermostats may pay back their investment in energy management savings, if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still young or you want to repair your older system instead of investing in an energy-efficient A/C system 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 AC system.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to examine the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus investing in 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 misunderstanding is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your responsibility. 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 keep the part for two to four months 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 those types of repairs have ancillary 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.

Some of our Membership Plans include parts and labor coverage that functions with the manufacturer’s warranty to protect you from sudden repair bills.

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, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been getting annual maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit has just plain given up and replacement is more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

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

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