How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system keep you comfortable, it’s also vital to your health when we’re here in the heat of summer. For that reason, when the chilly air quits blowing or your AC won’t start up at all, you’re not able to shop around for more than a couple days.

When your AC goes out in the heat of the summer, you might not have time to look around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not being sure how much you can expect to pay when the AC service technician shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide several price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be caught off guard when Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts arrives 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 precisely requires repair, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re unsure, you can ask your AC repair technician to guide you through his or her process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the culprit may be beyond the AC equipment 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 equipment could be priced anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you go with, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Fortunately, the newest thermostats could pay back their investment in energy management savings, provided they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still only a few years old or you want to repair your older AC instead of buying an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can run 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 responsible to examine the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement may run you between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered by 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 typical repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to hold the part for two to four months and may make the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, such as a compressor, are included in this process but those types of repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. If you don’t have a labor warranty you will always have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Keep in mind that these prices are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the particular issues with your system, how old your equipment is, 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 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 air conditioner repair, call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts 24/7/365.

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