Not only does your AC system keep you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, when the chilly air quits blowing or your AC won’t turn on at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for more than a couple days.
When your air conditioning breaks down in the middle of the summer, you might not have time to call around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not knowing how much repairs can cost when the air conditioning service tech arrives can be unnerving, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some common services so you won’t be alarmed when Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing arrives to get you up and running again.
Depending on the accessibility of the leak, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what precisely demands repair, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re unsure, always ask your air conditioning repair expert to walk you through his or her process and go over their findings.
Sometimes the issue may be beyond the air conditioner 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 cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you decide on, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Luckily, the newest thermostats might pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed accordingly.
If your air conditioner is still young or you decide to repair your older AC instead of buying an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 – $350. These repairs are some of the most typical for your AC system.
Again, it’s always important to examine the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioner versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing this part is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could run you between $500 and $1200.
A common misconception is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with standard repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to store the part for two to four months and may ask the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, a compressor for example, are encompassed in this process but these larger repairs have additional 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 always have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.
Some of our Membership Plans allow for parts and labor coverage that functions in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to protect you from sudden repair expenses.
Always understand that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the actual issues with your equipment, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been receiving yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has seen its last summer and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you want to find out more or ever need expert AC repair, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 24/7/365.
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