How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system help you to stay comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health when we’re here in the heat of summer. Unfortunately, when the cool air stops blowing or your air conditioner won’t turn on at all, you’re not able to shop 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 competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not having an idea how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioning 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 arrives to get you up and running 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 cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re unsure, always ask your air conditioning repair technician to guide you through his or her process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the culprit may be beyond the air conditioner 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 which style of thermostat you decide on, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the newest thermostats might pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still only a few years old or you choose to repair your older equipment instead of buying an energy-efficient A/C system 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 a couple of the most standard for your air conditioning system.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to review the pros and cons of paying to repair your current AC system versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing the fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement may 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 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. Furthermore, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the part for two to four months and may require the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, a compressor for example, also require 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. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continue have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans include parts and labor coverage that works in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to guard you from unexpected repair expenses.

Keep in mind that these ranges 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 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 AC repair, call Calverley Service Experts 24/7/365.

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