How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?
Not only does your AC system help you to stay comfortable, it’s also a health necessity through the heat of summer. For that reason, when the chilly air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t start up at all, you’re not in a position to look around for a few days.
When your air conditioner dies in the middle of the summer, you don’t always have time to shop around for multiple quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not being sure how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioner service expert arrives can be unnerving, so we’re here with several price ranges on some common services so you won’t be caught off guard when Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning comes 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 required, and what exactly requires repair, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the technician’s accessibility of the leak. If you’re feeling uneasy, feel free to ask your AC repair expert to guide you through their process and go over their findings.
AC Circuit Board Replacement
There are times when the problem 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 system could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will normally cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you decide on, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Thanksfully, the newest thermostats might pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed properly.
Capacitor or Contactor Replacement
If your AC is still only a few years old or you decide to repair your older system instead of investing in 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 air conditioner.
AC Fan Motor Replacement
Again, it’s always responsible to consider the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current AC system versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing this part is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement could run you 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 under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered by the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with standard repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may make the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these larger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will continuously have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.
Some of our Membership Plans allow for parts and labor coverage that functions with 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 the climate of your city, the particular issues with your AC, the age of your system, 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 seems more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you would like more information or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning 24/7/365.
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