How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health through the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air quits blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to call around for a few days.

When your AC breaks down in the heat of the summer, you may not have time to shop around for multiple quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not being sure how much it may cost when the AC service technician knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be shocked when Coastal Service Experts comes to get you cool and comfortable 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 there needs to be a leak test, and what actually requires repair, a normal 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 technician to walk you through their process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times 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 AC could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a standard 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 get it installed. Fortunately, the latest thermostats could pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still young or you choose to repair your older AC instead of purchasing an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most common for your air conditioner.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to examine the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioner versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with common repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers demand the contractor to hold the part for 60-120 days and may ask the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, are encompassed in this process but these larger repairs have more 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.

Remember that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the particular issues with your AC, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been receiving regular maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC 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 AC repair, call Coastal Service Experts 24/7/365.

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