How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning keep you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health during the heat of summer. As a result, when the chilly air stops blowing or your air conditioner won’t come on at all, you’re not able to call around for several days.

When your air conditioning breaks down in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you don’t always have time to shop 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 conditioner service tech knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here with some price ranges on some common services so you won’t be alarmed when Falso Service Experts comes 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not a leak test is required, and what exactly requires repair, a regular 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 unsure, you can ask your air conditioner repair technician to show you his or her process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the issue may be beyond the AC equipment 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 be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you decide on, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats could pay back their cost in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still only a couple years old or you decide to repair your older equipment instead of purchasing an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most typical for your AC system.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to examine the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing this part 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 there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to keep the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may make the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, such as a compressor, are encompassed in this process but those types of repairs have more 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 pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these ranges are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the particular issues with your AC, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been having annual 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 read our air conditioner pricing guide.

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

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