How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system make you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health when we’re here in the heat of summer. Unfortunately, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system won’t turn on at all, you’re don’t have time 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 look around for different 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 tech arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here with some price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be caught off guard when Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 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, you can ask your AC repair technician to guide you through the process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the culprit may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your system could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will likely cost more than a basic thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you go with, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the newer thermostats could pay back their investment in energy management savings, if they are programmed accordingly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your AC is still only a few years old or you choose 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 a couple 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 paying to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing this part is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement could 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 by 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. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Greater repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but these bigger repairs have additional 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.

Keep in mind that these costs are estimates and they can often 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 more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert AC repair, call Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.

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