How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

Not only does your air conditioner keep you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air quits blowing or your air conditioner won’t start up at all, you’re not able to look around for a few days. 

When your air conditioning dies in the heat of the summer, you don’t always have time to shop around for different quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not knowing how much you can expect to pay when the AC service technician arrives can be scary, so we’re here to provide several price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be alarmed when Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing arrives to get you cooling again. 

  1. Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 – $500 
  1. AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 – $1300 
  1. Thermostat Replacement: $200 – $500 
  1. Capacitor Replacement: $250 – $350 
  1. Contactor Replacement: $150 – $350 
  1. AC Fan Motor Replacement: $500 – $1200 

Refrigerant Leak Detection and Repair 

Depending on how accessible the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, 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 conditioner repair expert to show you the process and go over their findings. 

AC Circuit Board Replacement 

Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your equipment could be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300. 

Thermostat Replacement 

If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you go with, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Fortunately, the newest thermostats may pay back their investment in energy management savings, provided they are programmed correctly. 

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement 

If your air conditioner is still young or you decide to repair your older equipment instead of buying an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 – $350. These repairs are a couple of the most typical for your AC system. 

A/C Fan Motor Replacement 

Again, it’s always important to consider the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing the fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement might be between $500 and $1200. 

NOTE: Part repair under warranty 

A common confusion is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with common repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the part for two to four months and may require the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, such as a compressor, are included in this process but those types of repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will continue have to incur charges for the technician’s labor. 

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

Remember that these ranges are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the actual issues with your equipment, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been having annual 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 want to find out more or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 24/7/365. 

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