How Much Does Air Conditioning Service Cost?
Not only does your AC system keep you comfortable, it’s also crucial for your health during the heat of summer. For that reason, when the cool air suddenly isn’t blowing or your AC won’t start up at all, you’re not in a position to look around for a few days.
When your AC breaks down in the middle of the summer, you might not have time to look around for competing quotes or research how much you may have to pay. Not having an idea how much it may cost when the air conditioning service technician shows up can be unnerving, so we’re here with a few price ranges on some basic services so you won’t be alarmed when Stallion Heating and 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 how accessible the leak is, whether or not there needs to be a leak test, and what exactly requires repair, an average 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 air conditioner repair expert to walk you through their process and go over their findings.
AC Circuit Board Replacement
There are times when the problem may be beyond the A/C system itself and the circuit board may need to be replaced. Depending on your AC make and model, a new circuit board for your AC could run anywhere from $450 to $1300.
If you’re looking to replace your home’s thermostat, a smart wifi thermostat will typically cost more than a traditional thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you decide on, you’re probably going to pay anywhere between $200 and $550 to install a new one. Luckily, the newer thermostats may pay back their investment in energy management savings, provided they are programmed correctly.
Capacitor or Contactor Replacement
If your A/C system is still only a couple years old or you choose to repair your older equipment instead of purchasing an energy-efficient AC upgrade, a capacitor will most likely cost $250 to $350 and a contractor can be priced a little lower, ranging from $150 – $350. These repairs are a couple of the most common for your air conditioner.
Air Conditioning Fan Motor Replacement
Again, it’s always important to examine the pros and cons of choosing to repair your current air conditioner versus buying an upgraded, more energy-efficient piece of equipment. If replacing this part is the better decision for you, a fan motor replacement could cost between $500 and $1200.
NOTE: Part repair under warranty
A common misconception is that if a part replacement is required, that it is covered under the manufacturer’s equipment warranty; however, there are many additional costs that may not be covered through the warranty that will be your responsibility. Even with typical repairs, like a capacitor replacement, the HVAC contractor still has to process your warranty through the manufacturer so they can obtain the credit on the part. Additionally, all manufacturers instruct the contractor to keep the part for 60-120 days and may require the contractor return the malfunctioned part at the contractor’s cost. Bigger repairs, like a compressor, are encompassed in this process but those types of repairs have additional supplies and materials required (i.e. refrigerant, copper fittings, etc.) that are not covered by 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.
Some of our Membership Plans allow for parts and labor coverage that functions with the manufacturer’s warranty to guard you from surprise repair costs.
Always understand that these ranges are estimates and many times they can increase or decrease depending on the climate of your city, the particular issues with your system, how old your equipment is, and whether or not you’ve been receiving yearly 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 look at our air conditioner pricing guide.
If you want to find out more or ever need expert air conditioning repair, call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning 24/7/365.
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