How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?

August 05, 2016

Not only does your air conditioner help you to stay comfortable, it’s also a health necessity during the heat of summer. For that reason, when the cold air stops blowing or your air conditioner won’t start up at all, you’re not able to look around for a few days.

When your air conditioning breaks down in the middle of the summer, you might not have time to look around for multiple quotes or research what you can expect to pay. Not being sure how much you can expect to pay when the air conditioner service technician arrives can be intimidating, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some standard services so you won’t be surprised when Epperson Service Experts shows up to get you up and running 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not a leak test is needed, and what precisely demands 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, you can ask your air conditioning repair professional to walk you through the process and go over their findings.

AC Circuit Board Replacement

At times the problem may be beyond the AC equipment itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, a new circuit board for your equipment could cost 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 basic thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you choose, you’re looking at anywhere between $200 and $550 to get it installed. Luckily, 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 couple years old or you want to repair your older equipment instead of purchasing an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will typically cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can run a little lower, ranging from $150 - $350. These repairs are two of the most typical for your air conditioner.

Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement

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

NOTE: Part repair under warranty

A common confusion is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered through the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are several additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that you will be required to pay for out-of-pocket. Even with common repairs, for example, a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can receive the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers demand the contractor to keep the part for two to four months and may ask the contractor return the bad part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, a compressor for example, are encompassed in this process but those types of repairs have ancillary supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered through the Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty. Unless you have a labor warranty you will continue have to incur charges for the technician’s labor.

Some of our Membership Plans introduce parts and labor coverage that works alongside the manufacturer’s warranty to keep you from sudden repair costs.

Keep in mind that these costs are estimates and costs can increase or decrease depending on where you live, the specific issues with your AC, the age of your system, and whether or not you’ve been getting yearly maintenance to maintain the AC’s health and your manufacturer’s warranty. If your AC has seen its last summer and replacement is more likely, take a moment to look at our air conditioner pricing guide.

If you have any questions or ever need expert AC repair, call Epperson Service Experts 24/7/365.

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