How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner help you to stay comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the extreme temperatures of summer. For that reason, when the cool air stops blowing or your air conditioner won’t turn on at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for a few days.

When your air conditioning goes out in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you may not have time to shop around for different quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not knowing how much repairs can cost when the AC service technician arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some common services so you won’t be shocked when Pardee Service Experts shows up to get you up and running 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 it requires a leak test, and what actually requires repair, 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 not confident, always ask your air conditioning repair expert to show you the process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the issue may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. 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 probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Fortunately, the latest thermostats may pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, if they are programmed properly.

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 investing in an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will probably 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 consider the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing this part is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement might run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding 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 by the warranty that will be your out-of-pocket costs. Even with typical repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers require the contractor to keep the part for two to four months and may make the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger 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.

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

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your equipment, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been having annual maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has seen its last summer and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert AC repair, call Pardee Service Experts 24/7/365.

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