How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system make you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health through the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, when the chilly air stops blowing or your AC won’t turn on at all, you’re don’t have time to call around for several days.

When your AC dies in the middle of the summer, you don’t always have time to shop around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service expert shows up can be scary, so we’re here to show you several price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be shocked when Atmostemp Service Experts shows up 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 where the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what exactly requires repair, a typical 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, feel free to ask your AC repair expert to guide you through his or her process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your equipment could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you decide on, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Fortunately, the newest thermostats might pay back their investment in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still only a few years old or you decide to repair your older AC instead of investing in an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most typical for your air conditioning system.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to review the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement could be between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with typical repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to store the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may ask the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Larger 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. Without a labor warranty you will continue have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans introduce parts and labor coverage that works in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from surprise repair expenses.

Always understand that these costs are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where you live, the particular issues with your system, how old your equipment is, 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 seen its last summer and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you would like more information or ever need expert AC repair, call Atmostemp Service Experts 24/7/365.

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