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 during the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, when the chilly air stops blowing or the system won’t start up at all, you’re not able to call around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioning dies in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you might not have time to call around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not being sure how much it may cost when the AC service technician arrives 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 cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re unsure, you can ask your air conditioning repair technician to guide you through his or her process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes 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 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 usually cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on which style of thermostat you go with, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, the newest thermostats could pay back their cost in energy management savings, if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still young or you want to repair your older AC instead of buying an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most common 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 AC system versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement could be between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misconception is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with typical repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, like a compressor, also require 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 continue have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans allow for parts and labor coverage that works alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from surprise repair expenses.

Always understand that these prices are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the specific issues with your equipment, 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 AC has seen its last summer and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to read 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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