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 heat of summer. As a result, when the cool air quits blowing or the system won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to look around for a few days.

When your AC dies in the middle of the summer, you might not have time to call around for different quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not knowing how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service technician knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here to show you several price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be shocked when A1 Chesney Service Experts shows up to get you cooling 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 requires repair, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, you can ask your air conditioner repair professional to walk you through the process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the air conditioner 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 looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you go with, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats may pay back their cost in energy management savings, if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still only a few years old or you want to repair your older AC 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 two of the most common for your air conditioning system.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to review the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioning equipment versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement may be between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common confusion is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with standard repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers demand the contractor to hold the part for two to four months and may require the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, a compressor for example, are encompassed in this process but these bigger repairs have additional 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 continuously have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans have parts and labor coverage that works with the manufacturer’s warranty to guard you from sudden repair bills.

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the specific issues with your AC, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been having regular maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system is pretty much dead and replacement is more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert AC repair, call A1 Chesney Service Experts 24/7/365.

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