How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system keep you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health when we’re here in 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 shop around for several days.

When your AC breaks down in the heat 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 technician knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here with a few 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 end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, you can ask your air conditioner repair expert to walk you through their process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the problem 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 which style of thermostat you decide on, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the latest thermostats could pay back their investment in energy management savings, if they are programmed properly.

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 air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most common for your air conditioner.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to examine the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing the fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common confusion is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with typical repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to hold the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger 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 by 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.

Some of our Membership Plans introduce parts and labor coverage that works in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to shield 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, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been having annual maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system is pretty much dead and replacement is more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you would like more information or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Falso Service Experts 24/7/365.

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