How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system help you to stay comfortable, it’s also a health necessity through the dog days of summer. For that reason, when the cool air stops blowing or the system won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for a few days.

When your AC breaks down in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you may not have time to shop around for multiple quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not knowing how much it may cost when the air conditioning service technician knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some basic 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 needs to be repaired, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, always ask your air conditioning repair expert to walk you through his or her process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the problem may be beyond the AC equipment 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 traditional thermostat. Depending on the type 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 latest thermostats could pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, if they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

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

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to examine the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioner versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. 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 misunderstanding 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 many additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with common repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process this 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 malfunctioned 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 continue have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans include parts and labor coverage that works alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to protect you from unexpected repair expenses.

Remember that these ranges are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your AC, 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 AC has just plain given up and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Coastal Service Experts 24/7/365.

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