How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning keep you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity when we’re here in the extreme temperatures of summer. Unfortunately, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for more than a couple days.

When your AC goes out in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you don’t always have time to shop around for competing quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not having an idea how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioning service expert knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here with several price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be shocked when Donelson Air Service Experts shows up 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what exactly requires repair, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re unsure, feel free to ask your air conditioning repair professional to guide you through their process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the problem may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. 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 usually cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you go with, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the newer thermostats may pay back their investment in energy management savings, if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

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

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to review the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioner versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement may cost 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 through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with standard repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers require the contractor to hold the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may require the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, such as a compressor, are encompassed in this process but those types of repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through 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 carry parts and labor coverage that work with the manufacturer’s warranty to shield you from sudden repair costs.

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where you live, the actual issues with your system, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been receiving annual maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC is pretty much dead 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 Donelson Air Service Experts 24/7/365.

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