How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

Not only does your air conditioner make you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health during the heat of summer. For that reason, when the chilly air stops blowing or your AC won’t turn on at all, you’re don’t have time to look around for several days. 

When your air conditioning dies in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you might not have time to look around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not having an idea how much it may cost when the air conditioner service technician knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here to show you a few price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be shocked when Stevenson Service Experts arrives to get you up and running again. 

  1. Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 – $500 
  1. AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 – $1300 
  1. Thermostat Replacement: $200 – $500 
  1. Capacitor Replacement: $250 – $350 
  1. Contactor Replacement: $150 – $350 
  1. AC Fan Motor Replacement: $500 – $1200 

Refrigerant Leak Detection and Repair 

Depending on how accessible the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what precisely requires repair, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can actually cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re feeling uneasy, feel free to ask your AC repair expert to show you their process and explain their findings. 

AC Circuit Board Replacement 

Sometimes the problem 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 you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your system could cost anywhere from $450 to $1300. 

Thermostat Replacement 

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will usually cost more than a standard thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you choose, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Thanksfully, the latest thermostats may pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, if they are programmed properly. 

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement 

If your AC is still young or you want to repair your older equipment instead of purchasing an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 – $350. These repairs are a couple of the most common for your air conditioning system. 

A/C Fan Motor Replacement 

Again, it’s always important to weigh the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioner versus investing in an upgraded, more energy-efficient AC system. If replacing your AC’s fan motor is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could cost between $500 and $1200. 

NOTE: Part repair under warranty 

A common misconception is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered by the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered under the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with standard repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process the warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to keep the part for eight to sixteen weeks and may make the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, a compressor for example, are included in this process but those types of repairs have more 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 continue have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor. 

Some of our Membership Plans have parts and labor coverage that work with the manufacturer’s warranty to protect you from unexpected repair bills. 

Remember that these prices are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your system, the age of your air conditioner, 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 unit has seen its last summer and replacement seems more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide

If you have any questions or ever need expert air conditioner repair, call Stevenson Service Experts 24/7/365. 

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