Not only does your air conditioner make you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the extreme temperatures of summer. Unfortunately, when the cool air stops blowing or your air conditioner won’t start up at all, you’re don’t have time to call around for several days.
When your AC dies in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you don’t always have time to shop around for competing quotes or research average costs. Not knowing how much repairs can cost when the air conditioning service technician shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some common services so you won’t be caught off guard when Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning shows up to get you up and running again.
- Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 - $500
- AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 - $1300
- Thermostat Replacement: $200 - $500
- Capacitor Replacement: $250 - $350
- Contactor Replacement: $150 - $350
- 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 exactly requires repair, a regular refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re not confident, feel free to ask your air conditioning repair technician to walk you through the process and explain their findings.
AC Circuit Board Replacement
At times the problem may be beyond the A/C system 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 cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you choose, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Fortunately, the latest thermostats might pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, provided they are programmed accordingly.
Capacitor or Contactor Replacement
If your air conditioner is still only a couple years old or you decide to repair your older AC instead of purchasing an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most standard for your air conditioning system.
Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement
Again, it’s always good to weigh the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing the fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement might be between $500 and $1200.
NOTE: Part repair under warranty
A common misconception is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered under 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 receive the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers demand the contractor to hold the part for two to four months and may make the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, such as a compressor, also require this process but those types of repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continue have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.
Keep in mind that these costs are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the specific issues with your system, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been having annual maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has seen its last summer and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you have any questions or ever need expert AC repair, call Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.