How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system make you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health during the dog days of summer. As a result, when the cool air stops blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to look around for a few days.

When your air conditioner breaks down in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you don’t always have time to shop around for multiple quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not knowing how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service technician knocks on your door can be intimidating, so we’re here to show you a few price ranges on some common services so you won’t be surprised when Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 the accessibility of the leak, whether or not a leak test is required, and what actually demands repair, an average 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 AC repair technician to walk you through the process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the issue may be beyond the air conditioner 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 equipment could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you go with, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the newest thermostats might pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still only a few years old or you choose to repair your older AC instead of investing in an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are a couple of the most standard for your air conditioner.

AC Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always responsible to review the pros and cons of repairing your current AC system versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement may 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 under the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with standard repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, 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, also require this process but these bigger repairs have more 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 continuously have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Keep in mind that these costs are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the actual issues with your AC, 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 system has just plain given up and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to read our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you want to find out more or ever need expert AC repair, call Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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