Not only does your air conditioner keep you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity during the dog days of summer. For that reason, when the cold air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to look around for a few days.
When your air conditioning breaks down in the heat of the summer, you don’t always have time to call around for multiple quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not knowing how much it may cost when the air conditioning service technician knocks on your door can be unnerving, so we’re here to provide some price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be alarmed when Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning arrives to get you cool and comfortable again.
- Refrigerant Leak Detection & Repair: $150 - $500
- AC Circuit Board Replacement: $450 - $1300
- Thermostat Replacement: $200 - $500
- Capacitor Replacement: $250 - $350
- Contactor Replacement: $150 - $350
- AC Fan Motor Replacement: $500 - $1200
Refrigerant Leak Detection and Repair
Depending on the accessibility of the leak, whether or not it requires a leak test, and what precisely requires repair, a normal refrigerant leak detection and repair can end up costing anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re not confident, always ask your air conditioning repair technician to guide you through his or her process and explain their findings.
AC Circuit Board Replacement
At times the problem may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your system could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.
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 decide on, you’re most likely going to end up paying anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Thanksfully, the latest thermostats might pay back their purchase price in energy management savings, provided they are programmed correctly.
Capacitor or Contactor Replacement
If your A/C system is still only a few years old or you choose to repair your older system instead of investing in an energy-efficient air conditioning upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most typical for your air conditioner.
AC Fan Motor Replacement
Again, it’s always good to consider the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current AC system versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient air conditioner. 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 confusion is that if the issue calls for a part to be replaced, that it is covered under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with common repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process this warranty through the manufacturer so they can get the credit on the part. Furthermore, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to hold the part for two to four months and may make the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, also require this process but these larger 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 always have to pay additionally for the technician’s labor.
Always understand that these costs are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the actual issues with your AC, 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 AC has just plain given up and replacement is looking more likely, take a moment to review our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you want to find out more or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.