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. For that reason, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t start up at all, you’re not in a position to shop around for several days.

When your air conditioning dies in the heat 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 knowing how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioning service technician shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here to show you several price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be shocked when Wesley Wood Service Experts arrives to get you cooling 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 exactly demands repair, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re unsure, always ask your air conditioner repair expert to show you the process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the issue may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on your AC make and model, 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 looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the latest thermostats may pay back their cost in energy management savings, if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

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

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to examine the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current AC system versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing this part is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement might be 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 by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with standard repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers demand the contractor to keep 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, are included in 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.

Some of our Membership Plans carry parts and labor coverage that functions with the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from unexpected repair expenses.

Remember that these costs are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the specific issues with your equipment, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been receiving regular maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit is pretty much dead and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you would like more information or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Wesley Wood Service Experts 24/7/365.

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