How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

Not only does your AC system help you to stay comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health through the heat of summer. For that reason, when the chilly air quits blowing or the system won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to shop around for more than a couple days. 

When your air conditioning goes out in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you don’t always have time to look around for multiple quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not being sure how much it may cost when the air conditioner service technician shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide a few price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be caught off guard when Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning comes to get you cool and comfortable again. 

  1. Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 – $500 
  1. AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 – $1300 
  1. Thermostat Replacement: $200 – $500 
  1. Capacitor Replacement: $250 – $350 
  1. Contactor Replacement: $150 – $350 
  1. 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 actually cost 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 air conditioning repair expert to show you the process and review their findings. 

AC Circuit Board Replacement 

Sometimes the issue may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, 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 likely cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you choose, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the latest thermostats might pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, if they are programmed accordingly. 

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement 

If your air conditioner is still only a couple years old or you choose to repair your older equipment 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 common for your air conditioning system. 

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement 

Again, it’s always responsible to assess the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioner versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing this part is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement could be 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 many other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with common repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers require the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days and may make the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, such as a compressor, also require this process but these larger repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t 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 work alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to shield you from sudden repair expenses. 

Remember that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the actual issues with your system, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been having annual maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system 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 conditioner repair, call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning 24/7/365. 

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