How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner keep you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity during the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t start up at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for several days.

When your AC dies in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you don’t always have time to shop around for different quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not being sure how much you can expect to pay when the AC service technician arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here to show you several price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be shocked when Wesley Wood 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 a leak test is required, and what actually demands repair, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re unsure, always ask your air conditioner repair technician to walk you through the process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the problem may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your equipment 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 what kind of thermostat you go with, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats may pay back their cost in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

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

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to examine the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing this part is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement might run you 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 additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with standard repairs, such as 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 require the contractor to hold the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, a compressor for example, also require this process but these bigger repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

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

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

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