How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning help you to stay comfortable, it’s also a health necessity during the extreme temperatures of summer. As a result, when the cold air stops blowing or the system won’t turn on at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioner dies in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you might not have time to look around for multiple quotes or research average costs. Not having an idea how much it may cost when the air conditioner service tech arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be surprised when Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts shows up 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 a leak test is needed, and what precisely needs to be repaired, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, always ask your air conditioner repair professional to guide you through the process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the problem may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your AC could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you choose, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Fortunately, the latest thermostats might pay back their cost in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

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

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to weigh the pros and cons of paying to repair your current AC system versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement might cost 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 under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered through the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with typical repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to store the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may require the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, such as a compressor, are encompassed in 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. Unless you have a labor warranty you will always have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans have parts and labor coverage that work with the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from surprise repair bills.

Remember that these costs are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your AC, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been getting regular maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has just plain given up and replacement is more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you would like more information or ever need expert AC repair, call Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts 24/7/365.

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