How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health 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 call around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioner goes out in the heat of the summer, you might not have time to look around for multiple quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not having an idea how much it may cost when the air conditioner service technician arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here with some price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be surprised when Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 it requires a leak test, and what precisely requires repair, 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 unsure, feel free to ask your air conditioner repair professional to guide you through the process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

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

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you go with, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Luckily, 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 AC 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 contactor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most typical for your air conditioner.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to weigh the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. 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 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, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to store the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may make the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but those types of 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.

Remember that these costs are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where you live, the particular 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 air conditioning repair, call Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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