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. As a result, when the cold air stops 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 competing quotes or research average costs. Not knowing how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service technician knocks on your door can be intimidating, 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 Heating & Air Conditioning 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 where the leak is, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what actually requires repair, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, you can ask your air conditioner repair professional to show you the process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the culprit 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 equipment could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you go with, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats may pay back their investment in energy management savings, if they are programmed properly.

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 cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most typical 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 AC system versus investing in 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 other 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 get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers require 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. Larger repairs, a compressor for example, are encompassed in this process but these bigger repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by 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.

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the particular issues with your AC, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been having regular maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has just plain given up 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 Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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