How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system keep you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health during the extreme temperatures of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to call around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioning goes out in the heat of the summer, you may not have time to shop around for competing quotes or research average costs. Not having an idea how much it may cost 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 caught off guard 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 where the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what exactly needs to be repaired, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you 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 professional to guide you through his or her process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the issue may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may be in need of replacing. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, 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 choose, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the newer thermostats might pay back their cost in energy management savings, provided they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still young or you choose to repair your older AC instead of buying an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some 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 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 option for you, a fan motor replacement may cost 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 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 demand the contractor to keep the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these larger repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will always 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 the home is, the actual issues with your equipment, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been receiving annual maintenance to maintain the AC’s health 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 have any questions or ever need expert AC repair, call Donelson Air Service Experts 24/7/365.

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