How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner make you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity during the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t turn on at all, you’re not able to look around for more than a couple days.

When your AC breaks down in the heat of the summer, you might not have time to look around for multiple quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service technician knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some common services so you won’t be caught off guard when Peitz 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what precisely needs to be repaired, an average refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re feeling uneasy, always ask your AC repair professional to guide you through their process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the culprit may be beyond the air conditioner 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 run 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 standard thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you choose, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Luckily, the newer thermostats might pay back their cost in energy management savings, if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still only a couple years old or you decide to repair your older system instead of buying an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can cost a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most typical for your AC system.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always good to examine the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioner versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing the fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement could cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common confusion is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with standard repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Also, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to store the part for two to four months and may make the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, 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 under 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.

Always understand that these ranges are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your system, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been receiving annual maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit has seen its last summer and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.

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

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