How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does air conditioning keep you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity during the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, when the cold air stops blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to shop around for a few days.

When your air conditioner goes out in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you don’t always have time to call around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not having an idea how much repairs can cost when the air conditioner service expert knocks on your door can be scary, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some common services so you won’t be surprised when Church Services shows up to get you cooling 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 where the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what exactly 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 not confident, feel free to ask your air conditioner repair expert to show you the process and explain their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

There are times when the issue may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on the make and model of you’re A/C system, a new circuit board for your equipment could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.

Thermostat Replacement

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

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your air conditioner is still young or you decide to repair your older system instead of investing in 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 some of the most common for your air conditioner.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to weigh the pros and cons of repairing your current air conditioning equipment versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. If replacing the fan motor is the better choice for you, a fan motor replacement could cost between $500 and $1200.

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common misunderstanding is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several other costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with standard repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers require the contractor to hold the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the failed part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, such as a compressor, are included in this process but those types of 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.

Remember that these costs are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where you live, the particular issues with your AC, the age of your air conditioner, and whether or not you’ve been receiving yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your system has just plain given up and replacement is more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you want to find out more or ever need expert AC repair, call Church Services 24/7/365.

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