How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner make you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health during the extreme temperatures of summer. As a result, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or your air conditioner won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to call around for more than a couple days.

When your AC dies in the heat of the summer, you might not have time to shop around for different quotes or research average costs. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service tech arrives can be scary, so we’re here to show you several price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be caught off guard when Chief / Bauer 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 there needs to be a leak test, and what actually requires repair, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re unsure, you can ask your air conditioner repair professional to guide you through their process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the issue may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your AC 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 normally cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you choose, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats could pay back their investment in energy management savings, if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still only a few years old or you choose to repair your older AC instead of investing in an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most standard for your air conditioner.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to assess the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current AC system versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement might run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with standard repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers demand the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days and may ask the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, like a compressor, are included in this process but those types of repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continue have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Keep in mind that these ranges are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the specific issues with your AC, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been getting regular maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has just plain given up and replacement is more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert AC repair, call Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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