How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning make you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health when we’re here in the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air stops blowing or your air conditioner won’t start up at all, you’re not able to call around for several days.

When your air conditioner goes out 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 having an idea how much you can expect to pay when the AC service expert knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here to show you several price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be surprised when Calverley 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what precisely demands repair, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, feel free to ask your AC repair expert to guide you through his or her process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your AC could be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you decide on, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Fortunately, the newest thermostats might pay back their cost in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still only a few years old or you decide to repair your older system instead of buying an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most standard for your air conditioning system.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to assess the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioning equipment versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing this part is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement may 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 under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered by 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 obtain the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, a compressor for example, are included in this process but those types of repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will continue have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Keep in mind that these ranges 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 yearly maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit is pretty much dead and replacement is more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Calverley Service Experts 24/7/365.

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