How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning help you to stay comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health through the heat of summer. Unfortunately, when the chilly air quits blowing or your AC won’t turn on at all, you’re not in a position to call around for several days.

When your air conditioning goes out in the middle of the summer, you may not have time to shop around for competing quotes or research average costs. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service expert arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here to show you several price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be caught off guard when Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not it requires a leak test, 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, always ask your air conditioning repair expert to guide you through his or her process and explain 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 system could run 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 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. Luckily, the newest thermostats might pay back their cost in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

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

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important 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 run you 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 under the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with common repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Furthermore, 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, such as a compressor, also require 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 incur charges for the technician’s labor.

Always understand that these prices are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where you live, the particular issues with your system, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been receiving regular maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has seen its last summer 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 AC repair, call Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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