How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning help you to stay comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health during the heat of summer. Unfortunately, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t start up at all, you’re not in a position to call around for more than a couple days.

When your air conditioning dies in the heat of the summer, you might not have time to call around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not having an idea how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioning service technician arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here with some price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be shocked when Knochelmann Service Experts shows up to get you cool and comfortable 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 exactly needs to be repaired, 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 unsure, you can ask your AC repair expert to guide you through the process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the A/C system 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 system could cost 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 basic thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you choose, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Thanksfully, the latest thermostats could pay back their cost in energy management savings, provided they are programmed properly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still young or you decide 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 some of the most common 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 conditioning equipment versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing the fan motor is the better option for you, a fan motor replacement may be 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 through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many additional costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with standard repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the company still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers require the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these bigger 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 always have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans carry parts and labor coverage that works alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to guard you from sudden repair bills.

Always understand that these prices are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the particular issues with your equipment, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been getting yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your air conditioning system and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has seen its last summer and replacement is more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you would like more information or ever need expert AC repair, call Knochelmann Service Experts 24/7/365.

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