How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your AC system keep you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity through the heat of summer. For that reason, when the chilly air suddenly isn’t blowing or the system won’t come on at all, you’re not in a position to shop around for a few days.

When your air conditioning dies in the extreme temperatures of the summer, you might not have time to call 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 AC service expert shows up can be intimidating, so we’re here to provide several price ranges on some common services so you won’t be shocked when Comfort Masters Service Experts comes 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 it requires a leak test, and what exactly demands repair, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the accessibility of the leak for the technician. If you’re unsure, you can ask your air conditioning repair expert to walk you through their process and review their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

Sometimes the culprit may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your AC 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 standard thermostat. Depending on what kind of thermostat you decide on, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to have a new on installed. Thanksfully, the newest thermostats might pay back their cost in energy management savings, depending on if they are programmed correctly.

Capacitor or Contactor Replacement

If your A/C system is still only a few years old or you decide to repair your older equipment instead of investing in an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are some of the most standard for your air conditioner.

A/C Fan Motor Replacement

Again, it’s always important to examine the pros and cons of paying to repair your current air conditioning equipment versus purchasing an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. 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 misunderstanding is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered under the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with common 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. Also, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to store the part for 60-120 days and may ask the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, like a compressor, are included in this process but these larger repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered under the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Without a labor warranty you will always have to pay out-of-pocket for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans have parts and labor coverage that functions in tandem with the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from surprise repair bills.

Always understand that these prices are estimates and they can often increase or decrease depending on where the home is, the particular issues with your system, the age of your system, 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 unit is pretty much dead 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 Comfort Masters Service Experts 24/7/365.

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