Not only does air conditioning keep you comfortable, it’s also a health necessity through the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, when the chilly air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t come on at all, you’re don’t have time to call around for several days.
When your air conditioning dies in the heat 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 expert shows up can be scary, so we’re here with several price ranges on some common services so you won’t be shocked when Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning comes to get you cooling 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 exactly demands repair, a typical refrigerant leak detection and repair can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on how accessible the leak is for the technician. If you’re unsure, you can ask your AC repair expert to show you his or her process and review their findings.
AC Circuit Board Replacement
There are times when the culprit may be beyond the air conditioner itself and the circuit board may require replacement. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your AC could cost 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 traditional 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 may 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 choose to repair your older system instead of purchasing an energy-efficient A/C system upgrade, a capacitor will probably cost $250 to $350 and a contactor can cost 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 repairing your current AC system 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 may cost between $500 and $1200.
NOTE: Part repair under warranty
A common misunderstanding is that if there is a part that needs to be replaced, that it is covered under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many other costs that may not be covered by the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with typical repairs, such as a capacitor replacement, the contractor still has to process the 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 malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Larger repairs, like a compressor, are included in this process but those types of 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 incur charges 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 equipment, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been getting yearly maintenance to maintain the health of your A/C and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your unit 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 air conditioning repair, call Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7/365.